(Medicinal Herbs) Fraxinella

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

(Medicinal Herbs)  Fraxinella


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

Scientific Names

Dictamnus albus L. Rutaceae Rue family

Common Names

Bastard dittany
Burning Bush
False dittany
Gas plant
Pai-hsien (Chinese name)
White dittany
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Parts Usually Used

Rootstock, herb, seed
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Description of Plant(s) and Culture

Fraxinella is a perennial plant; the knobby, cylindrical, whitish rootstock sends up several round, downy, green-and-purple stems with alternate, odd-pinnate leaves. Leaflets are ovate-lanceolate, serrate, and covered with glandular dots. A long raceme of large, rose-colored (sometimes white or red-purple) flowers with darker veins appear in June and July. The fruit is a 5-parted capsule. The entire plant has a lemon-like smell. Some of the plant’s names refer to its production of a flammable substance in the summer which ignites with a flash over the whole plant but without harming it.

(There are several plants referred to as dittany: American dittany (Cunila origanoides) of the mint family; American dittany has another old name (Cunila mariana).
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Where Found

Introduced from Europe and sometimes cultivated as a garden ornamental in the northern United States.
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Medicinal Properties

Anthelmintic, diuretic, emmenogogue, expectorant, febrifuge, tonic
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Legends, Myths and Stories

According to a pioneer doctor: Native Americans of the southeast smoked the fragrant leaves of this herb in place of tobacco.

The volatile oil from the flowers is emitted as a vapor on sultry summer evenings and if a match is lit, will flash.
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A decoction of the rootstock is used for fever and stomach cramps, kidney stones and bladder stones.

Infusion of the flowers used to hasten childbirth, promotes the onset of menstruation. According to Parkinson, it was used against contagious diseases and pestilence. A tincture of the leaves and flowers is used in a liniment for rheumatic pains.
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Formulas or Dosages

Infusion or decoction: use 1 tbsp. rootstock, herb, or seed with 1 cup water. Take 1 cup a day, a mouthful at a time.
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Contact with the plant may cause dermatitis where the skin is subsequently exposed to sunlight.

Avoid use during pregnancy.
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, by Nicholas Culpeper, Meyerbooks, publisher, PO Box 427, Glenwood, Illinois 60425, 1990, (reprint of 1814)

, compiled by Shih-Chen Li, Georgetown Press, San Francisco, California, 1973.

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

, 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 Clarence Meyer, Meyerbooks, publisher, PO Box 427, Glenwood, Illinois 60425, published from 1954, print 1988

, 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

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

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