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

Sweet Fern (Comptonia peregrina L. Coult.)

The leaves of sweet fern make a pleasant tea. Gently steep a few leaves to a cup of water. The Mi'kmaq used the leaves to treat poison ivy rash. The leaves were steeped or boiled in water, and the liquid used to bath the poison ivy rash. The treatment should be repeated on a regular basis. [Photograph adapted from Foster & Duke: 1990]

*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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