(Medicinal Herbs) Blue Flag

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

(Medicinal Herbs)  Blue Flag

Contents:

Common Names | Parts Usually Used | Plant(s) & Culture | Medicinal Properties
Legends, Myths and Stories | Uses | Warning | Bibliography


Scientific Names

Iris versicolor L. Iridaceae Iris family

Common Names

Blue Iris
Flag lily
Fleur-de-lis
Flower de-luce
Iris
Liver lily
Poison flag
Snake lily
Water flag
Water lily
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Parts Usually Used

Roots
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Description of Plant(s) and Culture

Blue flag is a perennial, 1-3 ft. in height. and grows erect, has narrow, sword-shaped leaves and, from May to July, violet blue flowers streaked with yellow, green, and white. The sword-like leaves are similar to those of garden irises, with flowers violet-blue, sepals violet at outer edge; veins prominent, sheaths papery. It prefers wet, swampy locations and is found in such spots from Canada to Florida and west to Arkansas. Wet meadows, moist soil. Native to America, it is both beautiful and potentially poisonous. The flowers yield a blue infusion which can substitute for litmus paper in testing for acids and alkalines, but it is the root which has been most widely used. When fresh, the root has a slight odor and a pungent, acrid, and nauseous taste, a natural warming of the actively poisonous nature of the fresh root. Although the Indians had some uses for the fresh root, it was usually collected in autumn and dried.

Blue flag is an iris similar in foliage appearance to the sweet flag, Acorus calamus. Unfortunately for some, it has quite different properties and if mistakenly used internally as one might sweet flag, the results can be disastrous.
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Medicinal Properties

Anti-inflammatory, alterative, cathartic, diuretic, laxative, resolvent, sialagogue, stimulant, vermifuge
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Legends, Myths and Stories

About 800 species belonging to more than 50 genera have been described from temperate to tropical climates, mostly from South Africa and tropical America.
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Uses

American Indians poulticed the root on swellings, sores, wounds, bruises, ulcers, takes away freckles, rheumatism; internally root tea was used as a strong laxative, emetic, and to stimulate bile flow. Useful in cancer, dropsy, impurity of blood, syphilis, skin diseases, liver troubles, and as a laxative.
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Warning

This herb is potentially fatal. Could cause death or other serious consequences. Its use is not recommended without constant medical supervision.
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Bibliography

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

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

, by Jethro Kloss; Back to Eden Publishing Co., Loma Linda, CA 92354, Original copyright 1939, revised edition 1994

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

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

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

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

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