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    Tonic for the Spirit

    Pedicularis canadensis, Wood Betony, Lousewort. If you are lucky enough to find a patch of this beautiful, fragrant plant growing in abundance, you are in for a treat. Pedicularis is known as a skeletal muscle relaxant and is particularly useful for relieving back and neck pain. Reportedly, Pedicularis root is also an excellent aphrodisiac. I have found that it soothes the heart... and after a cup of Pedicularis leaf and flower tea, the world around me takes on a gentle, joyful glow. * Here's a great article by 7Song on Pedicularis:

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