As most (or some) know, while the Erins did a wonderful job worldbuilding in many ways, one way that they lacked in was actual research in many ways. The medicine used is no exception to that. So, this is a guide for any medicine cats or healers, in both traditional, argelos, fanclans, anything relying to that if no desired. However, it would mostly be focusing on cats, and will only use those found in the canon Warrior Cats series.
Suggested use for this is the medicine cats first see what herbs are available to the clan, see where those herbs fall by use, look up how they are to be used under the info, and then go from there.
DISCLAIMER: DO NOT TAKE THIS AS ACTUAL MEDICINAL ADVISE. MOST OF THESE ARE FOLK REMEDIES AND THUS UNPROVEN, AS HARD AS I TRIED TO STICK TO ACTUAL PROVEN SCIENCE. PLUS, CATS ARE NOT SUPPOSED TO EAT MUCH PLANTS IN GENERAL -- WHILE NONE OF THESE WILL BE TOXIC TO A CAT, IT CAN STILL CAUSE PROBLEMS.
Alder bark [black]- (eaten- ground up) swelling/inflammation of the mouth/throat (sore/strep throat), reduce swelling of breasts in nursing mothers, fresh bark causes vomiting, ground up bark for stomach issues.
Habitat: very adaptable from ideal to urban areas or areas with poor, dry soil. Ideal is rich, deep, moist or wet soil like floodplains, stream banks, and ditches. Can be found in any clan, however more abundant in Riverclan and Shadowclan.
Bindweed [field]- (tool) used as a natural string to ‘bind’ things together. (eaten - extract juice) roots and flowers are used to treat fevers and as a laxative, as well as (topical cream/wash) to treat spider bites
Habitat: Blooms late spring to early fall early morning to late afternoon. Can grow in lawn/gardens, fields, clay banks, roadside, vacant lots, and waste areas.
Blackberry- (eaten - extract juice) used to treat dysentery/diarrhea, whooping cough, labor pains by the roots, (eaten - in full) toothache by the leaves, diabetes and anemia by the berries, and sore throats
Habitat: dry prairies, woodland meadows, alongside roads and streams
Bright-eye/Eyebright - (topical - extract juice) used to relieve red, itchy, dry, pink, or stinging eyes. Also used to strengthen weak eyes. Basically anything dealing with the eye this can cure besides nearsightedness. Can infect the eye if not careful, however, making everything worse.
Habitat: dry pastures including meadows and roadside
Burdock root- (eaten) used to clear up and heal skin problems, helps your liver/gall bladder break down metabolic waste and toxins
Habitat: riverbanks, roadside, and fields
Burnet- (eaten) reduces bleeding/hemorrhage both internally and externally, and can help with hemorrhoids, diarrhea, and urine problems. (topical - extract juice) Also helps with minor scrapes, sunburns, skin problems, inflammation, and burns. (mouthwash) can also be used for swollen/bleeding gums.
Catchweed [cleavers] - (eaten) helps the kidneys and urinary flush out waste and toxins as well as kidney stones. (topical) helps with cuts, sunburns, inflammation, skin conditions, and preventing infections. Great for treating wounds.
Habitat: woodlands, barnyards
Catmint [catnip] - (eaten - extract juice) increases appetite, indigestion cramps, and sweating. Also helps with diarrhea, colic, the common cold, nervous conditions/stress, and hives, and can be used as a sedative. (burned) can relieve respiratory issues, and (topical - poultice) reduces swelling. FOR SOME CATS IS VERY ADDICTIVE AND WILL GET THEM HIGH. TREAT CAUTIOUSLY. DO NOT GIVE TO PREGNANT QUEENS - MIGHT KILL UNBORN KITS
Habitat: woodlands, gardens
Celandine [greater]- (eaten) used for bronchitis, whooping cough, and gallstones. Also helps the liver and gallbladder out, even healing the liver in case of damage.
Habitat: forests, roadside
Chamomile- (eaten - juice extracted) used to fight anxiety, depression, stress, and insomnia as a mild sedative. also helps with allergies, muscle spasms/cramps, digestive problems, nausea, motion sickness, diarrhea, colic, constipation, leaky gut, inflammation, pain from infections, skin irritations, toothaches, pain in general, and fevers. Great for queens whether pregnant, or for birth pains and relaxation. Strengthens the hearts as well.
Habitat: gardens, grazed grasslands, infertile, acidic soil
Chervil [garden] - (eaten) helps blood circulation, and helps internal bleeding, skin infections, varicose veins, anemia, high blood pressure, and (topical - cream) eczema, inflammations of the skin, as well as acne.
Habitat: roadside, pastures, edges of forests
Chickweed - (eaten) reduces inflammation and promotes healing both externally and internally. Can help break down cysts and tumors, and help with constipation. (topical - poultice/juice) can fight infection and dry eyes. CAN CAUSE NAUSEA, DIARRHEA, AND VOMITING IF TOO MUCH IS TAKEN
Habitat: lawns, meadows, woodlands
Cobwebs - (tool) used to stop blood flow and disinfect the wound.
Comfrey/knitbone - (topical) rapidly heals wounds and decreases scarring, as well as relieving joint pain. DO NOT INGEST OR PUT INTO OPEN WOUNDS - WILL CAUSE SEVERE LIVER DAMAGE IN CATS AND POSSIBLY CANCER.
Habitat: damp meadows, riverbanks, ditches, waste areas
Dandelion - (eaten) helps prevent cancers, heart diseases, cataracts, treat depression, epilepsy, headaches, heartburn, infertility, arthritis, schizophrenia, and vitiligo, boosts liver health, and reduces asthma symptoms (topical) reduces inflammation.
Habitat: lawns, paths, waste grounds, meadows
Elder [black] - (eaten) berries and flowers bring down fevers, influenza, excess mucus, cold sores, and in general boosts your immune system. EATING TOO MUCH WILL CAUSE STOMACH UPSET.
Fennel seeds - (eaten) a digestive aid, it helps almost any gastrointestinal problem you may come across (cramping, gas, bloating, irritable bowel, ulcerative colitis, crohn’s disease, leaky gut, nausea, food poisoning, digestive infections, hangovers, pain from a hiatal hernia, and constipation). Slightly helps with dry, hacking coughs, bronchitis, pneumonia, and asthma. Promotes milk production.
Habitat: roadsides and riverbanks
Feverfew - (eaten) treats fevers, migraine headaches, arthritis, stomach aches, infertility, labor problems, psoriasis, allergies, asthma, tinnitus, dizziness, nausea, inflammation, seizures/muscle spasms, heart problems, and cancer (topical) reduces itchiness and prevents insect bites.
Habitat: roadside, fields, waste areas, along woodland borders
Goatweed [St. John’s Wort] - (eaten) treats depression and anxiety, tensions, S.A.D, physical pain, muscle spasms, shingles, herpes, sore muscles, back pain (topical) helps with inflammation, wound healing, bruises, scraps, general pain.
Habitat: dry pastures
Goldenrod - (eaten) treats urinary infections and strengths the kidneys, allergies, sore throat, excess mucus in lungs, diabetes/insulin resistance (topical) relieves aches, pains, itchiness, helps with wounds and burns, and vaginal yeast infections
Habitat: moist to dry pastures, openings in forests, roadside
Hawkweed [Mouse-ear] - (eaten) effective against asthma, wheeziness, whooping cough, bronchitis, influenza, general coughs (topical) helps stop bleeding
Habitat: sunny banks and dry pastures
Honey - (topical) very effective in disinfecting and healing sores, burns, wounds, inflammation (eaten) heals damaged gastrointestinal tissues and mucous layer, stomach ulcers
Habitat: woodlands and meadows
Horsetail - (eaten) promotes blood clotting, healthy skin and hair, and helps with osteoporosis, fluid retention, kidney/bladder stones, urinary infections, incontinence, and general kidney/bladder problems
Habitat: watery areas
Lavender - (topical) helps heal/disinfect minor burns, scratches, and wounds, combats fungal infections (eaten) helps with anxiety, restlessness, insomnia, gas, abdominal swelling, stomach pain, headaches, sprains, toothaches
Habitat: dry grassy meadows
Lovage - (eaten) most likely only use this in extreme cases as a sedative. WILL CAUSE EXTREME PHOTO-SENSITIVITY
Habitat: gardens and wasteareas
Mallow - (eaten) coats your insides to help with irritations of the mouth and throat, dry cough, bronchitis, as well as stomach and bladder complications. (topical) helps heal wounds.
Habitat: roadsides, waste areas
Marigold [calendula/pot marigold] - (topical) sunburns, warts, insect bites, wounds, dry skin, blisters fungal infections, hemorrhoids (eaten) inflamed bowels, gastritis, acid reflex, ulcers, cramps, coughs, sore throats, fevers
Habitat: roadsides, waste areas
Oak - [soaks the inner bark and acorns in water, then use the water] (eaten) heals arthritis, indigestion (topical) heals and disinfects wounds, eye problems, ulcers, and sores.
Parsley root - (eaten) laxative/diuretic, clots blood, helps with anemia, intestinal gas, allergies, prevent tumors, and strengths bones, the immune system, and digestive fluids
Habitat: meadows and fields
Raspberry[black] - (eaten - berries) prevents cancer, heart disease, stroke, Alzheimer's, and inflammation. Decreases size of tumors. (roots) helps with diarrhea, dysentery, stomach pains, gonorrhea, and back pain. (topical - leaves) used for sores and boils
Rosemary - (eaten) helps slow tumors and inflammation, improves digestion, helps the brain recover from stroke and brain injury, slows dementia, promote eye health (scented) helps improve concentration and thinking. IN LARGE DOSES WILL CAUSE VOMITING, SPASMS, AND A COMA
Habitat: warm, dry, rocky/sandy slopes
Rush [soft/common] - (tool) dried rush can be made into strings/ropes for binding (pith - use unknown) reduces inflammation, swelling, fevers. Is also a diuretic, laxative, and sedative.
Habitat: bog or shallow water, somewhere constantly moist and little shade
Sweet sedge [sweet flag] - (eaten) helps with diarrhea, intestinal problems, asthma, coughs, sinus headaches, improves mental focus/clarity, anxiety, and stamina (topical - root) helps inflammation, arthritis, infections, and toothaches
Habitat: wetlands and alongside bodies of water/rivers
Tormentil - (topical) helps stop bleeding for cuts and wounds, and fights against infection. Great for toothaches (eaten) helps intestinal issues, diarrhea, and sore throat.
Habitat: grasslands, bogs, mountain side, open woodlands
Thyme - (eaten) helps with bronchitis, fungal infections, coughs, bad breath, lice and other pests, upset stomachs and digestive issues, and whooping cough. (topical) treats infections both regular and fungal
Habitat: dry and hot sandy soil, or dry, mountainous climates
alder, blackberries, chamomile, cobwebs, goatweed, rosemary, tormentil, thyme
alder, bindweed, blackberries, burdock, celandine, chervil, cobwebs, comfrey, fennel, feverfew, goldenrod, mallow, marigold, sedge, tormentil
bindweed, blackberries, brighteye, burdock, burnet, catchweed, catmint, chamomile, chervil, chickweed, cobwebs, dandelions, feverfew, goatweed, goldenrod, hawkweed, honey (bees), lavender, parsley, tormentil
alder, blackberries, burdock, cobwebs, comfrey, fennel, goldenrod, horsetail, rush, sedge, tormentil
alder, blackberries, catchweed, catmint, celandine, chervil, chickweed, cobwebs, elder, feverfew, goldenrod, honey, oak, raspberries, tormentil
alder, blackberries, catchweed, catmint, celandine, chervil, chickweed, cobwebs, elder, feverfew, goldenrod, honey, oak, raspberries, rosemary, tormentil, thyme
alder, bindweed, blackberries, burdock, calandine, chamomile, chervi, cobwebs, comfrey, dandelions, fennel, feverfew, goldenrod, lovage, mallow, marigold, rush, sedge, tormentil
alder, bindweed, blackberries, catmint, chamomile, chervil, chickweed, cobwebs, dandelions, elder, goatweed, goldenrod, lavender, lovage, marigold, oak, parsley, raspberries, rosemary, thyme
burnet, catchweed, chervil, chickweed, comfrey, goatweed, goldenrod, hawkweed, honey, horsetail, lavender, mallow, marigold, oak, tormentil
alder, bindweed, brighteye, burnet, catchweed, catmint, chamomile, chervil, chickweed, comfrey, dandelion, feverfew, goatweed, goldenrod, honey, lavender, mallow, marigold, raspberries, rosemary, rush, sedge
burdock, calandine, catchweed, chervil, chickweed, cobwebs, dandelions, elder, feverfew, horsetail, lavender, marigold, oak, parsley, sedge, tormentil, thyme
bindweed, chamomile, elder, feverfew, rush
blackberries, calandine, fennel, feverfew, hawkweed, mallow, marigold, sedge, thyme
alder, bindweed, blackberry, burnet, catchweed, catmint, chamomile, chickweed, fennel, goldenrod, honey, horsetail, lavender, mallow, marigold, oak, parsley, raspberries, rosemary, rush, sedge, tormentil, thyme
catmint, chamomile, lovage, rush
alder, blackberries, chamomile, fennel, feverfew, horsetail
catmint, chamomile, dandelion, goatweed, lavender, rosemary, sedge
for other uses, see the info directly