Scientific name: Cornus canadensis

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Arabic names:    الختشار (al khatshaar)

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Family: dogwood family??

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Common parts used: Leaf, root, berries


Annual/Perennial: Perennial

Height: 10 to 20 cm

Actions: helpful with certain types of mushroom poisoning, aches and pains, Kidney and Lung ailments, coughs, fevers, and as an eye wash. Root tea was used for infant colic

Known Constituents: Cornine, cornie acid, quercetin, and phenylethylamine tannins and at least 8 flavonoids

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It has small white greenish flowers.

Traditional Use:

This herb was toasted by the Native Americans, and a powder was made and sprinkled onto sores.  They used the berries as a snack. The leaves when drink where used as a laxative. They also used it for insanity and paralysis.  It also been used for colds, fevers and as an eyewash.

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