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Medicine Cat Herbs ~ Advanced List

Post by Whispers on Mon Apr 01, 2013 4:44 pm

Medicine Cat Guide

Medicine Cats
Medicine cats are Clan cats who treat diseases and injuries, and who receive directions and guidance from StarClan. They have their own den in the Clan camp, where they sleep, store herbs, and treat wounded or sick cats. Medicine cats are not allowed to take mates or have kits, (so that their work will not be disturbed) and usually stay outside Clan rivalries. They are deeply respected by their Clanmates and no cat dares argue with them. Though most medicine cats believe in StarClan, a few rare exceptions have become medicine cats even though they don't believe in StarClan.

Tasks:

• Know all the herbs and store a supply of them in their den
• Treat wounded and sick cats
• Assist queens giving birth to kits
• Check up regularly on the health of Clan cats, (especially queens, elders, and kits)
• Visit the Clans' sacred place (such as the Moonstone or Moonpool) at every half moon to seek guidance from StarClan
• Interpret prophecies and omens and share them with the Clan leader
• Upon the death of the Clan leader, accompany the deputy to the Moonstone or Moonpool to be appointed as the new leader
• Train an apprentice as the Clan's next medicine cat
• Bear the knowledge of battle training in case of emergencies
• Check up on StarClan to see about the future


Ticks

Mouse Bile
Extracted from the mouse. The only remedy for ticks, mouse bile is foul smelling, and is stored in moss. When dabbed on a tick, the tick falls off. Smell can be masked by wild garlic, or by washing paws in running water. If accidentally swallowed, can leave a horrible taste in mouth for days. Medicine cats always have to remember to wash their paws in a body of water, such as a creek or stream, after using mouse bile.


Cracked pawpads

Lamb's Ear
Commonly found in the mountains, this herb gives a cat strength. This herb was discovered first by the tribe cats and then when the Clans were resting in their territory, Stoneteller told Leafpaw about this herb.

Coltsfoot
A flowering, dandelion-like plant with yellow or white flowers. The leaves are chewed into a pulp, and given to cats with difficulty breathing or a cough. It also can be used to treat kitten-cough, as well as cracked or sore pads.


Eye problems

Celandine
This herb can be used to soothe the eyes if ever damaged.


Strengthening

Chamomile
A small, white flower with a yellow centre, this herb can be used to strengthen the heart and soothe the mind.

Ragweed
Like lamb's ear, this herb, commonly found in the mountains, gives a cat strength, and was first discovered by the tribe cats, later being told to Leafpool by Stoneteller when the Clans were resting in their territory.

Ragwort Leaves
Crushed and mixed into a poultice with juniper berries, it can help aching joints. It can also be used to keep a cat's strength up. It was used in The Fourth Apprentice when Jayfeather gave it to the elders to help them during the drought.


Toothache

Alder Bark
The bark is used to treat cats who get toothaches, and the pain may heal.


Chills and Fever

Borage Leaves
It is easily distinguished by its small blue or pink star-shaped flowers and hairy leaves. When it is chewed and eaten by nursing queens, it produces more, better milk. It also brings down fevers.

Burdock Root
Tall stemmed thistle with a sharp smell and dark leaves. When the root is dug up and the soil is washed off it, it is chewed into a pulp, and put on wounds inflicted by rats to keep them from becoming infected. Can also be used on infected rat bites to lessen and heal the pain.

Feverfew
Small bush with flowers like a daisy. The leaves can be eaten to reduce body temperature, especially cats with fever or chills. Also heals aches and headaches.

Lavender
A small, purple, flowering plant that cures fever and chills.


Infection

Burdock Root
Tall stemmed thistle with a sharp smell and dark leaves. When the root is dug up and the soil is washed off it, it is chewed into a pulp, and put on wounds inflicted by rats to keep them from becoming infected. Can also be used on infected rat bites to lessen and heal the pain.

Dried Oak Leaf
Most readily available in autumn/leaf-fall, the leaves are stored in a dry place, and can stop infection when applied.

Honey
A tasteless, golden-colored liquid that is created by bees. While difficult to obtain without being stung, it is great for soothing infections, sore throats, or cats who have breathed smoke. Also helps cats swallow other medicine. It is given to cats using wads of moss soaked in it.

Horsetail
A tall, bristly-stemmed plant that grows in marshy areas, like ShadowClan's forest territory or the marshes near the island in the lake territories. The leaves can be chewed into a poultice, and applied to infected wounds to help treat them.

Marigold
A low-growing flower that is bright orange or yellow in color. The petals or leaves can be chewed into a pulp and applied to wounds as a poultice to stop infection. It could be used to treat rat bites, but it's sometimes not strong enough.

Wild Garlic
When rolled in, it can help prevent infection. Especially good for rat bites. Due to its strong smell, it is good at hiding the scent of a certain Clan, and disguising cats on raids.


Whitecough, Kittencough, Greencough, Blackcough, and coughing in general

Catmint/Catnip
A leafy and delicious-smelling plant. They are rarely found in the wild, and are mostly found in Twoleg gardens. Best remedy for the deadly greencough, which kits and elders usually catch in the season of leaf-bare. It is also the best remedy for less deadly whitecough.

Chickweed
Like catmint/catnip, it can be used to treat greencough. In the old forest, it grew near Sunningrocks.

Coltsfoot
A flowering, dandelion-like plant with yellow or white flowers. The leaves are chewed into a pulp, and given to cats with difficulty breathing or a cough. It also can be used to treat kitten-cough, as well as cracked or sore pads.

Tansy
The tansy plant has round, yellow leaves, and a very sweet and strong smell, making it good at disguising a cat's scent. It is used for curing coughs, but must be eaten in small doses.


Mental Affections

Chamomile
A small, white flower with a yellow center, this herb can be used to strengthen the heart and soothe the mind.

Juniper Berries
Juniper berries grow on a bush with dark green, spiky leaves. The berries are purple in color, and can soothe bellyaches, give strength, and help troubled breathing. It is also used to help calm cats.

Poppy Seeds
Small black seeds that are shaken out of a dried poppy flower head. They can put a cat to sleep, or soothe shock and distress, but is not recommended for nursing queens. They are given by wetting the paw, pressing on them, causing them to stick to the paw, and then having the sick or injured cat lick them off. Another method is to place them on a leaf, and have the sick or injured cat lick them off there. They also help soothe pain.

Peppermint
Uncommon; eases stomachs and the mind.

Thyme
This herb can be eaten to calm nervousness, anxiety, and cats who are in shock.


Aching

Chervil
A sweet smelling plant with large, spreading, leafy, fern like leaves and small white flowers. The juice of the leaves can be used for infected wounds, and chewing the root also helps with bellyache. One of the best places to find Chervil in the Forest territory was Snakerocks.

Daisy Leaves
Jayfeather brought a daisy leaf to Mousefur to smell, thinking it might be the mystery herb that Leafpool mixed in with the tansy. Daisy Leaves are thick, dark green, oval shaped leaves. Chewed into a paste, it can help aching joints.

Feverfew
Small bush with flowers like a daisy. The leaves can be eaten to reduce body temperature, especially cats with fever or chills. Also heals aches and headaches.

Juniper Berries
Juniper berries grow on a bush with dark green, spiky leaves. The berries are purple in color, and can soothe bellyaches, give strength, and help troubled breathing. It is also used to help calm cats.

Mallow
The leaves are best collected at sunhigh, when they are dry. It soothes a cat's belly.

Peppermint
Not generally common; eases stomachs and the mind.

Watermint
A green, leafy plant found in streams or damp earth. Usually chewed into a pulp and fed to cats with suffering from a bellyache. In Fading Echoes, it was also used to smooth Leopardstar's pelt and hide the scent of death from it.


Honey
A tasteless, golden-colored liquid that is created by bees. While difficult to obtain without being stung, it is great for soothing infections, sore throats, or cats who have breathed smoke. Also helps cats swallow other medicine. It is given to cats using wads of moss soaked in it.


Broken Bones

Cobwebs
Very common in the forest, just be careful not to bring the spider along with you! Put it on a wound to soak up and stop (or slow) the bleeding. It may also be used to bind broken bones.

Comfrey
Large leaves and small shaped flowers, which range in color from pink, white, or purple. Its fat, black-colored roots, when chewed into a poultice, can be used to repair broken bones or to soothe wounds.

Rush
This herb is used to bind broken bones. It has long narrow leaves and lavender colored head stalks.


Bleeding and Wounds

Cobwebs
Very common in the forest, just be careful not to bring the spider along with you! Put it on a wound to soak up and stop (or slow) the bleeding. It may also be used to bind broken bones.

Comfrey
Large leaves and small shaped flowers, which range in color from pink, white, or purple. Its fat, black-colored roots, when chewed into a poultice, can be used to repair broken bones or to soothe wounds.

Dewpot
A herb for wounds and bleedings; especially kitting bleeding.

Dock
Similar to sorrel, the leaves can be chewed up and applied to soothe scratches, although it may sting when being applied to a wound, and it has a very tangy scent and taste.

Goldenrod
A tall, plant with bright, yellow flowers. When chewed into a poultice, it is good for healing wounds.

Raspberry Leaves
A herb used in kittings, Featherwhisker used it at Leopardfoot's kitting in Bluestar's Prophecy. It could be a painkiller, or to help stop bleeding during the kitting.

Sorrel
Green leaves that are used for scratches.

Stinging Nettle
The leaves, when applied to a wound, can bring down swelling. The spiny green seeds can be given to a cat who has been poisoned by crowfood, Twoleg waste, or other toxic objects.

Wormwood
Good for very light pain, also puts cat in sleep in about twenty minutes. Poisonous, when more than two plants
are consumed.


Painkillers

Dandelions
The white liquid inside the stem is used for bee stings. Its roots can also be chewed to act like poppy seeds.

Poppy Seeds
Small black seeds that are shaken out of a dried poppy flower head. They can put a cat to sleep, or soothe shock and distress, but is not recommended for nursing queens. They are given by wetting the paw, pressing on them, causing them to stick to the paw, and then having the sick or injured cat lick them off. Another method is to place them on a leaf, and have the sick or injured cat lick them off there. They also help soothe pain.

Raspberry Leaves
A herb used in kittings, Featherwhisker used it at Leopardfoot's kitting in Bluestar's Prophecy. It could be a painkiller, or to help stop bleeding during the kitting.


Willow Bark
This bark serves as a painkiller.

Wormwood
Good for very light pain, also puts cat in sleep in about twenty minutes. Poisonous, when more than two plants
are consumed.


Bee Stings

Dandelions
The white liquid inside the stem is used for bee stings. Its roots can also be chewed to act like poppy seeds.

Blackberry Leaves
These leaves are chewed into a pulp to treat bee stings. Such as in SkyClan's Destiny when Echosong and Frecklewish used it to treat Clovertail, Shrewtooth, and Ebonyclaw.


Smoke

Honey
A tasteless, golden-colored liquid that is created by bees. While difficult to obtain without being stung, it is great for soothing infections, sore throats, or cats who have breathed smoke. Also helps cats swallow other medicine. It is given to cats using wads of moss soaked in it.


Poison Treatments

Snakeroot
The best remedy for poison, especially for snake bites.

Stinging Nettle
The leaves, when applied to a wound, can bring down swelling. The spiny green seeds can be given to a cat who has been poisoned by crowfood, Twoleg waste, or other toxic objects.

Nettle Seed
Green, spiny seeds. Like yarrow, can be used if a cat has swallowed poison.

Yarrow
A flowering plant whose leaves can be made into a poultice, and applied to wounds to extract poison. Also will make a cat vomit. This was used on Sorrelkit by Cinderpelt when Darkstripe fed her deathberries. The ointment of yarrow can also be used to soften and help heal cracked paw pads. In the old forest, the best place to find yarrow was Snakerocks.


Poison Plants

Deathberries/Yew berries/Night Seeds
They are first seen in Forest of Secrets when Cloudkit, Fireheart, and Cinderpaw are looking for medicine. Cloudkit finds them and attempts to eat them but Cinderpaw tackles him and tells him if he had eaten those berries he would be dead. Later used by Yellowfang to kill Brokentail in the same book. Deathberries are an extremely poisonous species of red berries, and are known to Twolegs as yew berries. They almost killed Sorrelkit when Darkstripe fed them to her in The Darkest Hour, though luckily Cinderpelt was able to save her. The Tribe calls them Night Seeds, when they are used in a plan to kill the mountain lion, Sharptooth, in the book Moonrise. Deathberries were used to tempt the snake that killed Honeyfern in Sunrise. They were also used by Hollyleaf to threaten Leafpool.

Foxglove Seeds
Foxglove seeds are known to be a dangerous medicine. While they can help the heart, they can easily cause paralysis and heart failure. They are often mistaken for poppy seeds. Mentioned when Yellowfang says to Cinderpelt, "You're a dangerous medicine cat! You could kill a cat by confusing foxglove seeds and poppy seeds!"

Holly Berries
Holly berries, while not as dangerous as deathberries, are still a danger to kits. They make an appearance in Twilight; after Leafpool talks to Crowfeather, Sorreltail finds her hiding in a holly bush. Leafpool says she is looking for berries and Sorreltail asks, "Aren't they poisonous?"

Nightshade
Mentioned when Fireheart and Cinderpaw are with Cloudkit. Cloudkit almost eats some deathberries (see below), but is quickly stopped by Cinderpaw. When Cloudkit runs off and calls them to see what he found, she jokes in response that "Maybe it's deadly nightshade this time." Nightshade is extremely toxic to cats and Twolegs, being capable of killing a full-grown human in under forty-five minutes.

Wormwood
Good for very light pain, also puts cat in sleep in about twenty minutes. Poisonous, when more than two plants
are consumed.


Helping Herbs

Beech Leaves
Most medicine cats use beech leaves to carry herbs.

Heather Flower
It can be included in herbal mixtures, to make it easier to swallow.

Ivy Leaf
ShadowClan medicine cats use ivy leaves to store herbs.


Other

Parsley
Stops a queen from producing milk if her kits die, don't need milk anymore, or are producing too much milk. It is what leads Jayfeather to figure out that Leafpool is their real mother.

Healing Treatments and Mixtures

Aching Joints - ragwort leaves, juniper berries, goldenrod, daisy leaves

Bee Stings - use blackberry leaves

Broken Bones - wrap in cobwebs, put on comfrey pulp, usepoppy seeds to dull pain

Bellyache - trip to dirtplace, chervile, watermint, juniper berries

Coughs (whitecough or greencough) - use either catmint, honey, or tansy, and keep the cat away from other cats

Cuts in Eye - trickle celandine juice in to ease the pain

Deep Wounds - cobwebs, marigold, horsetail

Displaced Bones - give poppy seed, wait for effect, then have cat bite stick while you give the leg a tug and hear it click into place, give them another poppy seed so they sleep

Dull Pain - use poppy seed, then when it takes effect preform treatment, and give them another to sleep

Hurting Throat - honey, water

Nettle Stings - dock leaf pulp, give poppy seed so it dulls the pain and helps cat sleep

Poison - if poison is in stomach, give cat yarrow leaves so they vomit the poison, have them vomit onto dock leaves

Prevent Infection and Soothe Pain for Burns - comfrey, honey

Rat Bites - a poultice of burdock root with cobwebs on top, and horsetail if it is available

Scratches - marigold, horsetail

Shock - thyme, chamomile, lick fur, give water and poppy seeds

Stiffness - crushed poppy seeds, marigold, comfrey

Strengthening Herbs - tansy, watermint, feverfew

Toothache - use alder bark

Traveling Strengthening Herbs - chamomile, burnet, daisy leaves, sorrel

Wretched Muscles - comfrey, nettle, water therapy

Whispers' note on applying: You do not ever eat a poultice. It is to be applied outside of the body.
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