Substances & Homeopatic Remedies

Mitchella repens

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Edible Uses:  

Fruit - raw[2, 105, 161]. Pleasant and slightly aromatic[183]. Dry and tasteless, with lots of seeds according to another report[4]. The fruit hangs on well on the bush[1]. The fruit is about 8mm in diameter[200]. A tea is made from the leaves[207].

General Uses:  

Can be used as a ground cover plant in a shady position[3, 188]. Plants form a spreading carpet, rooting along the stems, and are best spaced about 30cm apart each way[208].

The plant was used by Native Americans to treat diarrhea, to help with delayed or painful menses and as an aid to women during childbirth. A tea was often taken by expectant mothers in the weeks prior to delivery