Gaultheria - Axocopaque
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This group consists of 150 fragrant, evergreen shrubs native
to the Andes, North America, Australasia, and eastern Asia.
These shrubs produce tufts of shiny or leathery, oval leaves
and, in late spring or early summer, pendant, white, bell-shaped flowers.
The flowers are followed by fleshy, red or black fruit.
G. shallon(Salal; Shallon) is
a small, vigorous growing shrub
that grows from 5 to 6 feet high in
good conditions or, in poor soil and sun,
forms a low, spreading mat.
This plant has leathery, dark green leaves up
to 4 inches long and 21/2 inches wide.
From late spring to early summer, clusters of pinkish-white
flowers are produced at the ends of the branches.
They are followed by large clusters of
edible purplish-black berries, which birds find delicious.
G. hispidula (Creeping Pearlberry) is a dwarf, creeping
shrub that only grows 2 or 3 inches high.
It is great for growing as a ground cover in natural or bog gardens.
Its tiny, white flowers appear in late spring and
are followed by white berries, 1/4-inch across in the fall.
Axocopaque - Gaultheria Link
Properties of Axocopaque Used by the Aztec's
For Rheumatic pain, Laxative and Diuretic.
Aztec Method of Use
For Rheumatism: Make a brew using 6 leaves of Axocopaque in 1/4 liter of water,
add lemon juice, drink this after meals,
also rub the affected areas with the tincture of leaves that have been macerated in pure alcohol.
As a Diuretic and Laxative: Take 1/2 hour before breakfast the infusion
made with 8 leaves of Axocopaque to 1/2 liter of water
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