Diuretic - An herbs that stimulate the elimination of fluid, without the depletion of minerals. If edema is a chronic problem, look for those herbs that are tonic to the kidneys and liver as well as diuretic.
Analgestic - An herb that eases pain
Antiviral - An herb that provides protection against viruses
Anti-Inflammatory - An herb to reduce inflammation
Antioxidant - An herb that inhibits oxidation and subsequent free radical damage of important chemicals, enzymes, membranes, cells and tissues in the body
Immune Stimulant - An herb that stimulates the immune system
Ways To Use
Drying and Cooling
Infusion: 4-8 ounces served hot as a diaphoretic (promotes sweating) up to 3 times daily.
Tincture: (1:5, 60% alcohol); 1-3 ml, 2-4 times daily
Glycerite: (1:6, using sealed simmer method), 5-10 ml (1-2 tsp) 4 times daily
All parts of the plant used FRESH are mildly toxic and can cause nausea and diarrhea. Even dried, the stems, bark and root contain enough residual compounds to induce nausea. The flowers should be dried before using. The berries should be used dried or boil fresh berries for 3 minutes before preserving.