(Medicinal Herbs) Hazelnut

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

(Medicinal Herbs)  Hazelnut

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

Scientific Names

Corylus americanaCorylaceaeBirch family

Common Names

American hazelnut
Hazel
Hazel bush
Hazelnut
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Parts Usually Used

Inner bark and twig hairs
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Description of Plant(s) and Culture

American hazelnut is a shrub that grows to 10 feet tall; the stems and leafstalks have stiff hairs. The leaves are heart-shaped, double-toothed, growing to 5 inches long. The plant flowers in April to May. The fruits are edible nuts encased in beaked, toothed bracts.
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Where Found

Found in thickets from Maine to Georgia; Missouri, Oklahoma to Canada.
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Medicinal Properties

Febrifuge, astringent
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Biochemical Information

Magnesium, sulfur
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Legends, Myths and Stories

According to the old-timers, eating too many hazelnuts can cause gas, stomach ache, and headache. They claimed if a snake was struck with a hazel wand, it became stunned, because it is pliable and will wind closer around the snake to limit its motion.

Country folk claim if the hazel nuts have thick shells, the winter will be bleak; if their shells are thin, the winter will be mild.
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Uses

Native Americans drank bark tea for hives, fevers. The bark poultice is used to close cuts, treat tumors, old sores, and skin cancers. Like hawthorn, hazelnut is known to improve the heart, and to prevent hardening of the arteries. But their alleged aphrodisiac properties may suggest that people with heart problems should stay off of the hazelnut. The twig hairs were used by Native Americans and historically by physicians to expel worms.
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Bibliography

, by Nicholas Culpeper, Meyerbooks, publisher, PO Box 427, Glenwood, Illinois 60425, 1990, (reprint of 1814)

, 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 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 Edith Van Allen Murphey, Meyerbooks, publisher, PO Box 427, Glenwood, Illinois 60425, copyright 1958, print 1990

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

, 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

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