Botanical Name: Hydrangea arborescens
- English: Hydrangea Root
- Also, known as: Sevenbark, Wild Hydrangea and Smoothed Hydrangea
Habitat: North America
Harvested: Wild or cultivated
Parts Used: Root
Hydrangea arborescens, is a small to medium-sized, loosely and widely branched deciduous shrub deciduous grows up to 6 feet tall, commonly known as smooth hydrangea or wild hydrangea. Gray-brown stems are clad with opposite, wide oval-shaped to rounded, sharply toothed, dark green leaves with pale green undersides. Leaves are 2-5-inch-long, opposite, serrated, ovate, and deciduous, heart-shaped, and deeply veined leaves hug the main stem and turn yellow in fall. White flowers grow in rounded clusters in late spring to midsummer. The flower color of this species is not affected by soil like other Hydrangeas. The stem bark has a peculiar tendency to peel off in several successive thin layers with different colors, hence the common name “sevenbark”.
How to use:
There are different ways to use powdered herb.
Food Preparation: You can add powdered herbs to any super food, herbal smoothie, sauces, spreads and even cookies. Also for children, you can mix powdered herbs with honey or glycerin to make a paste. The thicker the paste, the more potent and herbal in taste. The sweet taste of honey and glycerin will help the medicine go down. This method is also known as "Electuaries".
Capsules: Encapsulating your own powdered herb at home, give you assurance that the contents of the capsules are pure herb and no filler or any other products. These capsules can be taken with liquid.
Poultice: Poultice can be made with an herbal powder and liquid (mostly water) to form a paste which is then applied to the skin. This method is very helpful for skin conditions.
Herbal shot: Powdered herb can be mixed with water, fruit juice or other liquid to make herbal shot.
You should consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using any herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.
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