|Name: Bear's Garlic
Name: Allium ursinum
Names: Ransoms, ramsons, bear's garlic
Used: The whole plant
Bearís garlic is said to be helpful in arteriosclerosis, including advanced conditions, for liver problems, and for pinworms. It is also good for diarrhea, colic, and lack of appetite. It has been used to treat gastrointestinal catarrh with both diarrhea and constipation, as well as emphysema With bronchitis. It has been found to effect a slow, long-lasting lowering of blood pressure. In general, it can be used like garlic.
Bear's garlic is a perennial plant that grows in moist Woods, woody ravines, and shady places, congregating in large patches of growth. An onion-like root sends a somewhat angular stem to a height of 6 to 16 inches and also sprouts two large, petioled, shiny, lanceolate leaves. From April to June the pure white flowers appear, characterized by a garlicky smell. The plant's black seeds are spread mostly by ants.
Use fresh herb (the bulb can be dried but not the rest of the plant). It is best to use it as a salad green, as a vegetable, or in soup.
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