Beginning Herbs

DISCLAIMER: The information provided herein is in relation to a role playing game based on a fictional book series. None of the information provided herein should be used to treat yourself or your pets. Please consult someone trained in first aid, Human Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, or another appropriate professional before attempting to treat a living creature.

Medicine Cats depend on their knowledge of herbs and the properties they have. The following lists are intended as tools of rote memorization for a Medicine Cat in his or her first moons of training. Mastery of these lists will serve as a knowledge base on which a medicine cat will depend of the rest of her career.

OOC NOTE: As new herbs come into the database the various mixtures might be altered to reflect that. IC you simply ignore discrepancies that pop up as new herbs are added as it should be assumed that new information has been here all along.

Herbs to Know

  • Alder: Standard Wound Poultice, Soothing Wound Poultice, Cleansing Wound Poultice
  • Basil: Flea Rub
  • Burdock: Basic Burn Poultice, Bleeding Wound Poultice, Soothing Wound Poultice, Cleansing Wound Poultice
  • Catnip: Cough Followup, Blackcough Mix, Greencough Mix, Kitcough Mix, Whitecough Mix
  • Celandine: Cough Followup
  • Chamomile: Cough Followup
  • Colt’s Foot: Blackcough Mix
  • Daisy: Basic Burn Poultice
  • Daisy, Little: Basic Burn Poultice
  • Feverfew: Blackcough Mix, Greencough Mix, Kitcough Mix, Whitecough Mix
  • Garlic: Flea Rub
  • Goldenrod: Bleeding Wound Poultice, Standard Wound Poultice, Soothing Wound Poultice, Cleansing Wound Poultice
  • Honey: Blackcough Mix, Greencough Mix, Kitcough Mix, Whitecough Mix
  • Mallow: Cough Followup
  • Tansy: Deworming Herb Mix, Flea Rub
  • Thyme: Basic Burn Poultice, Blackcough Mix, Greencough Mix, Whitecough Mix, Deworming Herb Mix, Soothing Wound Poultice
  • Oak: Bleeding Wound Poultice
  • Poppy: Blackcough Mix
  • Raspberry: Blackcough Mix, Greencough Mix, Kitcough Mix
  • Willow: Blackcough Mix, Greencough Mix

Mixtures to Master

Some sort of introduction…


Mixture

Ingredients:
Preparation
Directions
Dosage
Treats:


Basic Burn Poultice

Ingredients
1 Part Daisy Flowers and/or Little Daisy Roots
1 Part Thyme Leaves
1 Part Burdock Seeds
Preparation: Chew the ingredients together, mixing throughly.
Directions: Spread thickly over the affected area as a poultice.
Dosage: Enough to adequately cover the affected area.
Treats: A 1st degree Burn such as sunburn by helping to prevent infection and ease both inflammation and itching.


Cough Treatments

Blackcough Mix

Ingredients:
1 Part Catnip Flowers
1 Part Feverfew Leaves
1 Part Thyme Leaves
1 Part Willow Bark
1 Part Poppy Flowers
1 Part Colt’s Foot Leaves
1 Part Honey
1 Part Raspberry Berries
Preparation: Chew the ingredients together, mixing throughly.
Directions: Have the patient take internally. 
Dosage: A paw sized dose for an average-sized cat, sizing the dose up or down according to cat size. Double the dosage if the cat is not recovering well.
Treats: Blackcough InfectionNote: Remember to treat symptoms like runny eyes appropriately, as the mixture does not effect them until the illness is fully cleared.


Cough Followup

Ingredients:
1 Part Celandine Flowers
1 Part Mallow Roots
1 Part Chamomile Flowers
Preparation: Chew the ingredients together, mixing throughly.
Directions: Have the patient take internally. 
Dosage: A half-paw sized dose for an average-sized cat, sizing the dose up or down according to cat size. Double the dosage if the cat is not recovering well. Repeat the dosage daily for 2 days after the initial dose, halving the dose each day.
Treats: A cat recovering from a cough, helping to prevent the infection from returning.


Greencough Mix

Ingredients:
1 Part Catnip Flowers
1 Part Feverfew Leaves
1 Part Thyme Leaves
1 Part Willow Bark
1/2 Part Honey
1/2 Part Raspberry Berries
Preparation: Chew the ingredients together, mixing throughly.
Directions: Have the patient take internally. 
Dosage: A half-paw sized dose for an average-sized cat, sizing the dose up or down according to cat size. Double the dosage if the cat is not recovering well.
Treats: Greencough InfectionNote: Remember to treat symptoms like runny eyes appropriately, as the mixture does not effect them until the illness is fully cleared.


Kitcough Mix

Ingredients:
1 Part Catnip Flowers
1 Part Feverfew Leaves
1/2 Part Honey
1/2 Part Raspberry Berries
Preparation: Chew the ingredients together, mixing throughly.
Directions: Have the patient take internally. 
Dosage: a toe-sized dose to a weaned kitten. Increase the dosage one part for each approximate kit’s weight the cat is.
Treats: Kitcough Infection.


Whitecough Mix

Ingredients
2 Parts Feverfew Leaves
1 Part Catnip Flowers
1 Part Thyme Leaves
1 Part Honey
Preparation: Chew the ingredients together, mixing throughly.
Directions: Have the patient take internally.
Dosage: A half-paw sized dose for an average-sized cat, sizing the dose up or down according to cat size. 
Treats: Whitecough Infection.
Note: Remember to treat symptoms like runny eyes appropriately, as the mixture does not effect them until the illness is fully cleared.


Deworming Herb Mix

Ingredients:
1 part Tansy Flowers
1 part Tansy Leaves
1 part Thyme Leaves
Preparation: Mix equal parts of tansy flowers, tansy leaves and thyme.
Directions: Have the patient take internally.
Dosage: A pile the size of a paw for a grow cat, proportionally less for small or larger than average individuals. Kittens who are not weaned should be dosed only with an amount the size of a toe.
Treats: Worm infestation
Note: Pregnant queens should not be given tansy. Additional Thyme may be substituted where they are concerned.


Flea Rub

Ingredients:
2 parts garlic leaves
1 part garlic bulb
1 part tansy leaves
1 part tansy flowers
1 part basil leaves
1 part basil flowers
2 parts mint leaves
Preparation: Chew the mix together and store in grape leaves
Directions: Rub thoroughly into the cleaned coat of a cat infected with fleas.
Dosage: As much as is needed to thoroughly coat the fur of the infected cat.
Treats: Flea infestation


Wound Poultices

Bleeding Wounds

Ingredients:
1 Part Goldenrod Leaves
1 Part Goldenrod Flowers
1 Part Burdock Leaves
1 Part Burdock Seeds
2 Parts Oak Inner Bark
Preparation: Mix equal parts of the herbs.
Directions: Lightly apply Mouse Fluff to the bleeding wound. Chew and apply the herb mixture to the wound. Use Kit’s Ear if available to help keep the poultice in place.
Dosage: Enough herb paste to cover the wound well.
Treats: A wound that is not clotting well.


Cleansing

Ingredients
1 Part Alder Leaves
1 Part Goldenrod Leaves
1 Part Goldenrod Flowers
1 Part Burdock Seeds
1 Part Burdock Root
Preparation: Mix equal parts of the herbs.
Directions: Chew and apply to the wound on the patient. Use Kit’s Ear if available to help keep the poultice in place.
Dosage: Enough herb paste to cover the wound well.
Treats: Wounds that have gone septic and become infected.
Variation: For extremely septic wounds remove the Goldenrod Leaves and Flowers. Replace with 2 additional parts Burdock Root.


Standard

Ingredients
1 Part Alder Leaves
1 Part Goldenrod Leaves
1 Part Goldenrod Flowers
Preparation: Mix equal parts of the herbs.
Directions: Chew and apply to the wound on the patient. Use Kit’s Ear if available to help keep the poultice in place.
Dosage: Enough herb paste to cover the wound well.
Treats: General wounds, as a preventative for infections.


Soothing

Ingredients:
1 Part Alder Leaves
1 Part Goldenrod Leaves
1 Part Goldenrod Flowers
1 Part Thyme Leaves
1 Part Burdock Seeds
Preparation: Mix equal parts of the herbs.
Directions: Chew and apply to the wound on the patient. Use Kit’s Ear if available to help keep the poultice in place.
Dosage: Enough herb paste to cover the wound well.
Treats: Healing wounds that are itching as they heal.