(Herbs Knowledge) Squaw Vine

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Squaw Vine Scientific Names and Common Names,Squaw Vine Biochemical Information,Uses,Warning,Where Found,Parts Usually Used,Squaw Vine Description of Plant(s) and Culture,Medicinal Properties.

(Herbs Knowledge) Squaw Vine


Common Names | Parts Usually Used | Plant(s) & Culture | Where Found | Medicinal Properties
Uses | Formulas or Dosages | Bibliography

Scientific Names

Mitchella repens L. Rubiaceae Madder family

Common Names

Hive vine
One-berry leaves
Winter clover
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Parts Usually Used

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Description of Plant(s) and Culture

Squaw vine is a perennial, evergreen herb; its creeping or trailing stems grow up to a foot long, rooting at various points, and bear opposite, orbicular-ovate (heart-shaped 1/2 to 3/4 inches long) leaves that are dark green and shining on top and are often streaked with white. The funnel-shaped white (or pink) flowers, 1/2 inch long, grow in four-parted, terminal pairs from April to July. The inner lobes of the trumpet-shaped, paired flowers are hairy. The fruit is scarlet berry-like drupe up to 1/3 inch in diameter in the fall. Each flower produces this single dry berry usually contains 8 bony seeds that lasts over the winter.
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Where Found

Found around the bottoms of trees and stumps in woodlands from Nova Scotia to Ontario and southward to Florida and Texas. Also found in Guatemala.
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Medicinal Properties

Astringent, diuretic, tonic, restorative, uterine stimulant, parturient
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According to Native Americans, squaw vine was recommended as a drink to be taken during the last few weeks of pregnancy to make childbirth faster and easier. Used for delayed, irregular, or painful menses. As a diuretic it is used for gravel and urinary ailments. For external use, the tea makes a good wash for sore eyes, and for skin problems, swellings, hives, arthritis, rheumatism, gonorrhea, and sore nipples (add a little olive oil or cream). As an astringent, used for piles, dysentery, diarrhea. One Native American tribe drank the tea to relieve insomnia. Also taken as a spring tonic.
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Formulas or Dosages

For childbirth preparation: take 1 cup infusion a day in the last 2 months of pregnancy.

Infusion: steep 1 tsp. leaves in 1 cup water for 30 minutes. Take 1 to 3 cups a day.

Decoction: use 2 oz. herb in 1 pint of water and take in wineglass doses.

Tincture: as a tonic, take 5-15 drops, 3 times a day.
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, by Jethro Kloss; Back to Eden Publishing Co., Loma Linda, CA 92354, Original copyright 1939, revised edition 1994

, by Clarence Meyer, Meyerbooks, publisher, PO Box 427, Glenwood, Illinois 60425, copyright 1988, fifth printing, 1994

, by John Lust, Bantam Books, 666 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY. copyright 1974.

, by Steven Foster and James A. Duke., Houghton Mifflin Company, 215 Park Avenue South, New York, NY 10000

, by Michael Tierra, C.A., N.D., O.M.D., Lotus Press, PO Box 325, Twin Lakes. WI 53181., Copyright 1988, published 1992

, by Penelope Ody, Dorling Kindersley, Inc, 232 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10016, First American Edition, copyright 1993

, by Alma R. Hutchens, Shambala Publications, Inc., Horticultural Hall, 300 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts 02115, 1973

, by Clarence Meyer, Meyerbooks, publisher, PO Box 427, Glenwood, Illinois 60425, 1973

, Third College Edition, Victoria Neufeldt, Editor in Chief, New World Dictionaries: A Division of Simon & Schuster, Inc., 15 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10023, 1984

, by Dr. David Frawley & Dr. Vasant Lad, Lotus Press, Twin Lakes, Wisconsin, Second edition, 1988.

, edited by William H. Hylton, Rodale Press, Inc. Emmaus, PA, 18049., 1974

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