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Mi'kmaq (Micmac) Medicines, Foods and Teas*
contributed by Laurie Lacey.

Meadow Beauty(Rhexia virginica L.)

This plant is found growing in wet places in some areas of the Maritime provinces of Canada (for example, along lake shores). The Mi'kmaq may have used the meadow beauty as a wash to clean and clear the throat. The leaves, flowers, and stem of the plant were steeped in water to produce a sour drink which was used as a gargle medicine. [Photograph adapted from Peterson: 1977]

*The author is not responsible for the use of medicinal remedies mentioned above.
The information is given for cultural purposes only.

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