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Partridge berry (Mitchella repens)


pain-relieving, diuretic, diuretic, diaphoretic

Areas of application:

Menstrual cramps, facilitates childbirth, accelerates childbirth, water retention, strengthens the uterus and ovaries, sore nipples, painful and irregular menstruation, bloated stomach, insomnia, reduces fever and swelling, analgesic, diuretic, diaphoretic

Plant parts used:

Leaves, berries

Collection time:

leaves in summer

Berries in winter

To find:

Found in North America, in dry and moist forests, along river banks and on sandy slopes.


? - probably tannins, glycosides, saponins


☕ Tea: 1 teaspoon of partridge leaves are poured with 1 cup of boiling water, then let it steep for 10 minutes, strain and drink.

Partridge berry is a creeping, broad-leaved, evergreen, woody shrub that grows like a very low-growing ground cover. The plant grows to a height of around 5 to 8 cm and a width of 15 cm. The opposite leaves are oval to round, dark green and shiny. Each leaf is up to 1 cm long and has whitish veins that grow in pairs on the stems. White flowers appear in pairs at the ends of the stems from May to July. Each flower has four lobes and is trumpet-shaped. A pair of flowers forms a bright red berry that ripens in late summer and can remain on the plant until the next spring.

The leaves are prepared as a tea in the last few weeks before delivery to speed up labor. You should not take it too early to avoid a miscarriage.

As decoration, the plants were widely collected for Christmas decorations.

The scarlet berries are edible but rather tasteless, with a faint wintergreen flavor reminiscent of cranberries.

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