<%@LANGUAGE="JAVASCRIPT" CODEPAGE="1252"%> Solomon's Seal

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(Polygonatum multiflorum)
Common names: Dropberry, Lady's Seal, Sealroot, Seal Wort, St. Mary's Seal.

Solomon's Seal

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Parts Used: Root (rhizome). Methods Used: Water extraction, poultice.

Spiritual Uses: Burn this herb as a "Thank You" offering for supernatural help received.

Solomon's seal is a "magical" symbol of two interlocking equilateral triangles forming a star with six rays. (This is the pattern generally referred to as The Star of David named after King David, father of Solomon.) The seal became synonymous with Solomon, who reined as King of Israel from 961 - 931 BC. He apparently used the symbol to cast away demons and summon angels.

In the winter when the leaf stalk dies back and becomes completely removed from the rhizome, a scar remains which is said to resemble the Seal of King Solomon.

Physical Uses: The rhizome itself is edible, and was harvested by colonists and Native Americans alike.

Root tea was made for a wide variety of ailments ranging from indigestion to coughing. It has been used to treat bronchial problems, neuralgia, and stomach ulcers.

Externally, it helps to stop wounds from bleeding.

A poultice was prepared from the roots, and applied topically for cuts and bruises as it helps to dissolve clotted blood. It has also been used to reduce the symptoms of Poison Ivy and hemorrhoids.

Native Americans drank the tea to relieve the pain of female problems and other internal distresses.

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