These increase urine flow. Common ones are: ash bark, sandwort, blackcherry root, black currant,
goldencap, and water lily.
This is from a large sturdy tree, the ash. The bark is gray and furrowed, with smooth gray
branchlets. The leaves resemble spades, and during the flowering season small clusters of oblong
flowers can be seen. The bark can be ground into a fine powder of medicinal value. Grows in rich
upland and lowland woods.
Easily recognized by its rosette-shaped yellow flowers in summer, and the fluffy white seed-heads in
fall, an infusion of the ragged-edged green leaves of this herb makes an excellent diuretic, whilst
a decoction of its long woody roots has a gentle but beneficial effect on the digestive system.
These prevent and relieve spasms and convulsions. Common ones are: parsley, basil, catnip,
goosefoot, birthwort, and scullcap.
A pleasant smelling green herb that grows 25 to 50 inches high. Its leaves can be crushed for
medicinal purposes. They are elliptic or oblong, generally blunt ended. Found in the woods from dry
to moist climes during mid-summer to early fall.
A coarse leaved, gray-green perennial, it's stem is a perfect square in cross-section. Soft, white
fuzz covers the stem and leaves. The leaves are opposite, ovate, and heart-shaped. They are
gray-green above and white below, and downy. Flowers are tubular, 1/4-1/2 inch long, white with
purple-pink spots; two lipped corrolas; deep red anthers, tubular clayx, ribbed, 5 parted, occur
massed in spikes. Gather the leaves and tops in late summer, when the plant is in full bloom, and
dry in the shade. Catnip, when brewed, makes a soothing tea. It is most commonly used as a
carminative, tonic, and sleeping aid. It may cause increased menstrual flow, so it is not
recommended for use by pregnant women. However, there are no other side effects.
Used to revive patients. Common ones are: ammoniacum, spiceroot [ginger], cayenne, paprika, and
Ginger is a warm climate plant, needing the wet and humid weather of the southern regions to
flourish. This herb grows in clumps, with the average height of the stems being about 4 feet high
and the leaves can reach a length of 1 foot. The roots of the ginger plant are harvested and
scraped or scalded into a powder or paste. The oil from the root can also be extracted from the
plant and used for medicinal or cooking purposes.
Formed by drying and then grinding small red peppers of a particularly fiery nature, this
red-orange powder works as an excellent stimulant, digestive and antiseptic. Added to the diet,
cayenne in small doses will stimulate the appetite and act as an internal cleanser; its warming
properties are also effective in the first stages of a cold. Made into a salve or oil it can be
rubbed onto painful joints, sprains and areas of poor circulation. It combines with comfrey and
numbweed to make the Threadscore salve more efficacious.
4. Other Herbs and their uses
A plant of about 8 to 30 inches high resembling wheat. Its top is greenish or bronze and a little
over half an inch thick. Inside the top are small seeds which have medicinal value and can help
relieve the symptoms of cystitis that female riders sometimes suffer from. Grows in meadows and
along shores, a second smaller variety can be found in the plains. The larger grows mid-summer to
early fall, the smaller can be harvested in late spring.
Citron trees grow essentially in more tropical regions. The round, thick-skinned
fruits of the trees range from orange to yellow, sweet to bitter, and contain refreshing juices
that have a history of helping to maintain excellent health and preventing the bleeding gum
A twiggy sage-like shrub with opposing leaves, which resemble arrowheads with sweeping trails. They
are a gray-green color and sprout tufts of blossoms like statice. Numbweed bushes tend to grow in
jungle areas. The sap of the numbweed leaves is of indispensable medicinal value as this juice
numbs the skin. Often made into salves of varying concentration for easiest application and
A reddish green plant that grows in clumps close to the ground. Its thick stem contains reddish
veins running through it and during the flowering season, it produces a flat-topped purple or rose
flower. It is a clean smelling herb, and is the main source of disinfectant on Pern. Its juice will
kill germs and infection agents. It grows well in the land of Pern, especially suited for moderate
to dry climates. Usually made into a rinse for the hands of Healers, although it may be combined
with numbweed in a salve to numb and disinfect at the same time.
This is an abundant herb that grows low to the ground and is heavily leaved. The small leaves are
of medicinal value. Its light green leaves often have a feeling of felt. It can be found in many
areas throughout Pern, and grows in late spring to early fall. It can be made into a soothing tea
or used to pack wounds to aid in preventing infections and healing.
This is a succulent bush, which protects its fruit during season by shooting sharp toxic spines
into anything which disturbs it. At the time the flowers of the nearby ging trees open, the
needlethorn bush has fallen into dormancy and its spines can be collected for needles. This grows
mostly in isolated, lush tropical areas.
The main use of this herb is as a calming tea; the white-petalled, orange-centered flowers are
dried and then infused to make a pleasant drink which is also excellent against indigestion and
upset stomachs. Taken at night, chamomile tea will aid sleep. Used externally as a lotion, it will
soothe cracked or inflamed skin and ease patches of eczema.