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Coolwort

Botanical: Tiarella Cordifolia (LINN.)
Family: N.O. Saxifragaceae

---Synonyms---Foam Flower. Mitrewort
---Part Used---Whole herb.
---Habitat---North America from Canada to Virginia.


---Description---Perennial, forms a neat little edging with tiny white spiraea-like flowers, buds tinged pink, grows in the author's garden, and, given air and sunlight, in a light rich soil thrives well. It has simple leaves spotted and veined deep red; basal leaves turn a rich red orange. Needs dividing every second year. Seeds are few, sub-globose. Taste slightly stringent, odourless.

---Medicinal Action and Uses---Tonic, diuretic. Of value in gravel and other diseases of the bladder, and as a tonic in indigestion and dyspepsia, corrects acidity and aids the liver.

---Dose---For an infusion or decoction, 1 OZ. to the pint of water; take freely 4 oz. of the infusion two or three times daily till conditions improve.

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