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Waxberry, Symphoricarpos albus (L.) Blake

Symphoricarpos albus (L.) Blake, and other varieties

It is reported that, like the buttercup, the Mi'kmaq used the waxberry to treat headaches.

It was tied in a bundle and sniffed for this purpose. A general tonic medicine was also made from the plant.

The waxberry is a member of the honeysuckle family. Plants from this family are well known in European folk medicine as diuretics, purgatives and expectorants.

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