(Herbs Wiki) Wood Strawberry

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

(Herbs Wiki) Wood Strawberry


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

Scientific Names

Fragaria vesca L. Rosaceae Rose family

Common Names

Alpine strawberry
Common strawberry
Mountain strawberry
Pineapple strawberry
Wild strawberry
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Parts Usually Used

Leaves, berries and root
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Description of Plant(s) and Culture

A small, perennial plant, with long runners; 3-6 inches high. These runners root at the nodes to form tufts of long-stalked, hairy leaves, each with 3 toothed leaflets. Leaves pointed, not rounded, at the tip. Small, flat clusters of white 5 petaled flowers grow on long stalks, the sepals are joined together behind each flower; calyx lobes spreading or recurved. Flowers in May to August. Fruits with seeds on surface (small strawberries).

This wild strawberry differs from the cultivated species (F. virginiana) in that its leaves are more pointed and the fruits have seeds on the surface, rather than embedded in the fruits.
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Where Found

Woods, embankments, along the edges of forest paths, in clearings, in sunny glades, and meadows. Canada to Virginia; Missouri to North Dakota, Iowa, and in the Rockies from Alaska to New Mexico. Native to Europe.
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Medicinal Properties

Diuretic, tonic, stomachic, mild astringent
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Biochemical Information

Vitamin C, tannin
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Native Americans used root tea for stomach ailments, jaundice, profuse menses. In European folk medicine, leaf tea used as a blood purifier, for indigestion, and as a diuretic for gravel in the kidney. Tea also used as an external wash on sunburn. Root tea is a diuretic. Root can be used as a chewed stick for a substitute for a toothbrush. Teeth that have become discolored or encrusted with tartar can be cleaned with strawberry juice.

Strawberry leaves are used for eczema, the outward appearance of acute or chronic blood contamination, as a blood purifier, and blood building agents. Poultices of leaves can be used to treat ulcers and infected wounds. Use a strong tea or decoction of leaves or roots sweetened with honey and use freely for children and adults for intestinal malfunctions of diarrhea, dysentery, weakness of the intestines, affections of the urinary tract. Will prevent night sweats or, a strong tea used as a gargle will strengthen the gums. Berries said to be effective in reducing fever. Fresh juice can be used to clean the skin.
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Formulas or Dosages

Use dried young leaves and roots; garden strawberries less effective.

Decoction: 1 tsp. fresh or dried herb to 1 cup of boiling water, steep 15 minutes. Take 4-5 cups a day; children wineglassful amounts.

Tincture: 5-15 drops in water 3 times a day.
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Nutrient Content

Berries have high vitamin C content
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Juice of berries can cause dermatitis in sensitive or allergic conditions.
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, by Jethro Kloss; Back to Eden Publishing Co., Loma Linda, CA 92354, Original copyright 1939, revised edition 1994

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

, by David Conway, published by Jonathan Cape, Thirty Bedford Square, London, England. (Out of print)

, 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 Frances Densmore, Dover Publications, Inc., 180 Varick Street, New York, NY 10014, first printed by the United States Government Printing Office, Washington, in 1928, this Dover edition 1974

, by Pamela Forey and Ruth Lindsay, Crescent Books (January 27, 1992).

, by Mannfried Pahlow, Barron's Educational Series, Inc. 250 Wireless Blvd., Hauppauge, NY 11788, 1992

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