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We are not suggesting that you ignore the help of trained medical professionals, simply that you have additional options available for treating illnesses. Often the most effective treatment involves a responsible blend of both modern and traditional treatments.

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Bearded Darnel

Scientific Names

Bearded Darnel

  • Lolium temulentum L.

Common Names

  • Cheat
  • Crop
  • Jam and wray
  • Tare

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Parts Usually Used

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Description of Plant(s) and Culture

Bearded darnel is an annual plant; the stiff, round, hollow stalk grows to a height of 1-3 feet and bears long, linear, flat leaves that are rolled up when young. The flowers grow on a terminal spike consisting of 5-7 flowered spikelets, each of which is embraced along almost its full length by a bract. Long, stiff bristles point upward from the flowers. The seed is small, yellow-brown to orange-brown, ovate, and somewhat compressed.
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Where Found

Grows as a hated weed in grain fields, waste places, moist farm fields, and along roadsides.
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Used long ago to treat dizziness, insomnia, and stomach problems. Also, externally, applied as a poultice; skin problems like shingles, scurf, gangrene, ulcers, and sores.
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Poisonous in large quantities. Not to be used without medical supervision.

There are nonpoisonous remedies that are available for all its uses, both internal and external.
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Buy It! Culpeper’s Complete Herbal & English Physician: Updated With 117 Modern Herbs, by Nicholas Culpeper, Meyerbooks, publisher, PO Box 427, Glenwood, Illinois 60425, 1990, (reprint of 1814)

Buy It! The Herb Book, by John Lust, Bantam Books, 666 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY. copyright 1974.

Buy It! Webster’s New World Dictionary, Third College Edition, Victoria Neufeldt, Editor in Chief, New World Dictionaries: A Division of Simon & Schuster, Inc., 15 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10023

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