Deer’s tongue is a plant. People use the dried leaf to make medicine. Deer’s tongue is used by many folks for Luck in Love Affairs and in Court Cases. The plant’s leaf is thought to resemble a tongue and for this reason, folks who follow the so-called Doctrine of Signatures ascribe to it the mysterious power of granting eloquence and pleasing speech to anyone who carries it. Native American plant used in smoking blends to flavour tobacco. Their perfume is largely due to Coumarin, which can be seen in crystals on the upper side of the smooth, spatulate leaves. The plant is sometimes called vanilla leaf, or wild vanilla, because of the distinct smell of vanilla when the leaves are crushed.
The deciduous leaves of this perennial herb were the focus of its value to people. Deer’s tongue leaves were harvested from June to the first frost, sun dried on blankets, and sold to buyers that baled the dry leaves and in turn sold them to large buying centres. Native Americans and the earliest settlers made a tea that was believed to be an all-purpose cure and tonic. Deer’s tongue concoctions were also used as stimulants and sweat-inducing agents.
It promotes menstruation, eases period and low back pain and weakness it is also beneficial in treating gonorrhoea and nephritic diseases. Stimulates lymph system in scrofula; removes disease causing products left in the system after serious illness. A warm, bitter drink prepared from the leaves is said to be effective in reducing fevers, soothing irritated mucous membranes and cleansing the blood, by promoting perspiration. According to the University of Florida Web site, the herb was used to reduce fevers and soothe mucus membranes, among other things.
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