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Deputies: Littleflower (@Daisyleap), Dragonmoon (@Aquastar)

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*new and improved!* Herbs, Poisons, Diseases, and Injuries

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*new and improved!* Herbs, Poisons, Diseases, and Injuries

Post by Willowstorm on Thu Nov 03, 2016 4:38 pm

HERBS:
Alder bark - the soft inner bark of the alder tree found normally near water in moist ground.[/font]
Used for toothaches. Chew, and the pain will numb.


Blackberry leaves - leaves of a blackberry vine, which are found in thick forested areas.
Used for beestings. Chew to a pulp and apply on to the stung area.


Borage leaves - hairy leaves of the borage plant, which has blue or pink star-shaped flowers, found in more forested areas.
Used for fevers, or helping a queen produce more, better milk. Leaves are eaten.


Burdock root - a tall stemmed thistle with a sharp smell and dark leave, found in damp, swampy ground.
The root is for infection prevention in rat bites or healing an infected bite. Apply as a poultice and seal with cobwebs.


Catmint/catnip - leafy plant with a delicious smell, found normally in Twoleg gardens, and therefore does not grow well in the wild.
The leaves are used to treat the deadly greencough, and the less deadly whitecough. Leaves are eaten twice a day until cough subsides.


Celandine - yellow-flowered plant with large, green leaves. Common around most territories.
The flowers and leaves can be chewed into a poultice, and the juice dripped into the eyes to soothe.


Chamomile - small white flowers with yellow centers. Common around most territories.
Used to strengthen the heart and soothe the mind, as well as a travelling herb. Flowers are eaten.


Chervil - sweet smelling plant with large, fern-like leaves and small flowers. Common around most territories.
The juice of the leaves are used for infected wounds, while the root helps with bellyache. Juice applied in a poultice, and roots are eaten.


Chickweed (also winterweed) - small plant with white flowers and weedy leaves. Common in freshly disturbed ground, but also during spring.
Used for treatment of minor coughs, exhaustion, and skin irritation.


Cobwebs -  common in the forest, especially around fallen trees and rocks, and common between rocks in the moors as well.
Used to seal wounds, soak up/stop bleeding, hold poultices in place, and bind splints.


Coltsfoot - flowering, dandelion-like plant with yellow or white flowers. Semi-common in the forests.
The leaves are used for cats with difficulty breathing, treating kitten-cough, or cracked and sore pads. The leaves can either be eaten or applied as a poultice to the chest, while the pads are soaked in the poultice and covered with web.


Comfrey - large, flat leaves and small flowers varying between pink, white, or purple. Harder to find.
The roots can help repair broken bones or soothe wounds. Applied as a poultice.


Costmary - tall, leafy plant with tiny yellow flowers in the spring, very uncommon to find in the forests, but slightly more common on the moors, and most common in twolegplaces.
The leaves are used to help headaches and stomach aches, chewed and swallowed with plenty of water. Is also the only herb which can cure the deadly bloodcough.


Daisy Leaf - thick, dark green, oval shaped leaves with white flowers, and a yellow centre. Found most commonly in the moorlands, but also in open areas in forests.
Applied as a poultice can help aching joints, and is also a travelling herb.


Dandelions - tall, weedy yellow flowers with thick green stems and thin roots, common in moorlands and grassy areas.
White liquid from the stem can soothe bee stings, while the root can be chewed like poppy seed.


Dock - fleshy, pale green leaves with small hairs along the edges, and a tangy scent and taste. Found through all territories, but most common in the marshes.
Applied to wounds in a poultice it can soothe scratches and small wounds even though it might sting at first, and can be used as an emergency remedy to beestings.


Feverfew - small bush with flowers like a daisy, common in the forest but dislikes being too wet.
Used to break fevers, reduce body temperature, and helps with headaches or aching bones. Leaves are eaten one or two at a time.


Goldenrod -  a tall plant with large yellow flowers, harder to find.
The whole plant is used for helping wounds heal, in poultices.


Heather flowers - small pinkish-purple flowers which grow on tough stems in clusters in the moors and boggy ground in direct sunlight. It dislikes shade.
The flowers are used for soothing the throat, though honey is more advised. It can also be added to herbal mixes such as costmary to make it easier to swallow.


Honey- a tasteless, golden liquid created by bees. Hard to find, and very risky to collect as beestings are painful.
Good for soothing infections, sore throats, and helping cats who have breathed in smoke, and like heather flowers, can be used to help swallow other herbs. It is given in a moss-soaked bundle and lapped up, while it can be part of poultices for the infections.


Horsetail - tall, bristly-stemmed plant which is very common in marshy areas.
Used to treat infected wounds in poultices.


Juniper berries - dark purple berries which grow on a bush covered in spiky leaves, found more commonly in the forests in the shade of trees.
The berries are used for bellyaches, giving strength, and helping troubled breathing as well as calming cats down.


Lavender -  small, purple, flowering bush most common on the moorlands, but also found in forest clearings in tall grasses.
Used for curing fevers and chills with poultices.


Mallow - low-growing bushes with curling leaves with fragrant white and purple flowers. Found most commonly in the forest, in cooler areas. Leaves are best collected at sunhigh when they are dry.
Chewing the leaves helps with upset stomachs and bowel problems, especially in kits.


Marigold - a low-growing flower in bright orange or yellow colour, found very commonly in the forests but occasionally in the moorlands.
The whole flower is used in medicine, the treatment of wounds to stop infection, and is applied in a poultice. Could also be used to help rat bites.


Mouse bile - acrid-smelling liquid extracted from the stomach of a mouse, very easy to find.
The only remedy for removing ticks, moss soaked in the liquid is pressed to the tick to kill it. However it must not be eaten, as it can make cats vomit, and will leave a horrible taste in the mouth for days.


Nettle seed - green, spiny pods which reveal a small seed when cracked open. Moderately hard to find.
Used like yarrow to help if a cat has swallowed a poisonous substance by giving to the cat to make them vomit.


Parsley - a crinkled-looking dark green plant with a strong but not unpleasant smell, moderately hard to find.
Used to stop milk production by giving the queen the leaves to eat.


Poppy seeds - small black seeds often stored with the head of the dried poppy. Found most commonly on the moors and in damper areas, and is quite uncommon in the forests.
The seeds are used to put a cat to sleep, soothe shock or distress, and numb pain. They are NOT recommended for nursing queens, and are given to the cat to injest.


Ragwort leaves - large, feathery leaves similar to a dandelion with thick stems. Very common in most territories.
Used to help aching joints and give strength to weak cats, specifically elders. Both applied through a poultice on the skin.


Raspberry leaves - leaves of the raspberry bush, spiky and slightly hairy in appearance. Hard to find, but found mostly in thick forests with lots of underbrush.
Used to stop bleeding during kittings, and to numb pain. It is given by eating.


Rosemary - thick, stalky plants with small, dark green leaves found most commonly in the moors.
Used to soothe wounds, scratches, and broken bones,  as well as soothing the mind when ingested but is normally not recommended. The leaves are mushed into a poultice to apply.


Snakeroot - small, thin-leaved bushes with thick roots which trail along the ground like snakes, found only rarely in the moorlands.
It is the best remedy for any poisons, but especially snakebites. It is given by eating the soft inner bark of the root, or making a poultice and applying but this is not as recommended.


Sorrel - spinach-like leaves which grow from the ground in bunches, most common in the forests in slightly damp soil.
The new, softer leaves in poultices are used to soothe scratches, but might sting at first.


Stinging nettle - spiky-leaved tall plants with thin roots, found in cooler areas in the shade.
The leaves can bring down swelling (when dried), and the seeds can be given to poisoned cats.


Tansy - yellow-leaved plant with a very strong and sweet smell, which can give a cat a headache if smelt too long. Found all over the territories, but doesn’t grow well where it is windy.
Used to cure coughs and chest colds  but must be eaten in SMALL DOSES.


Tormentil - a low-growing plant with rounded, silky yellow flowers and a strong, sharp scent and taste. Rather hard to find as it needs a good balance of sun, shade, and damp.
Used to treat wounds, prevent infection, and expel poisons such as the ones found in bee stings using a poultice.


Thyme - A thick, woody stemmed bunching plant with round white flowers in spring, found in hot exposed areas in dry soil.
Used to calm nerves and anxiety, as well as help shock and pain. Used by ingestion of the leaves.


Watermint - a green, leafy plant found in streams or damp earth in sunlight.
Used to help bellyache by eating the leaves.


Wild Garlic - strong-scented leafy patches found in damp hollows in forests.
Used for rat bites or other easily-infected scratches, as well as disguising scents.


Willow bark - the soft, stringy, grayish inner bark of willow trees, which are found near streams and in damper ground.
Used as a painkiller when chewed and the juice ingested.


Yarrow - a white-flowered plant with strange feathery leaves, found in most territories.
The leaves are used to extract poisons from wounds while the roots and ingestion of the leaves will make a cat vomit. Can also help with cracked or sore pads in an ointment.



POISONS:
Nightshade (also Belladonna) - A bushy, leafy plant which is only toxic within the seeds of the berries, which are dark shiny black in nature. It is the most poisonous of all the berries, and can kill a cat in less than ten minutes. Practically incurable, can only be treated by vomiting up the seeds, as they contain the poison, but the juice should be cautioned as well. The most common poison.


Deathberries/Yew Berries/Night Seeds -  these are an extremely poisonous species of red berries, very similar to nightshade but are less commonly found.


Holly berries - less poisonous than
nightshade or deathberries, but still pose a danger to kits and elders. Causes foaming at the mouth and hallucinations. As common as deathberries.


Foxglove seeds - though they can be used to help the heart, they can also cause paralysis and heart failure if misused or overused. They are often mistaken for poppy seeds, and are as common as deathberries.



DISEASES / ILLNESSES:
Chest infections and coughs are caught during leaf-fall and leaf-bare, and can develop into epidemics which can completely wipe out Clans if left untreated.
Whitecough -  one of the milder coughs, doesn’t cause much danger if treated but can develop into greencough.
Kitten-cough - every so often a sickness during winter will strike the nursery and affect the queens and kits. It can be deadly to the smallest kits, but often is quickly treated before it can get worse.
Greencough - Untreated whitecough develops into greencough, a viral infection which kills cats who don’t quickly get treatment through catmint. Oftentimes small kits suffer the most, and elders are also at a major risk.
Bloodcough - Unrelated to whitecough and greencough, bloodcough is a prey-carried sickness which causes the affected to vomit up blood and bile, refuse to eat, and slowly destroys the inside of the body. The only known cure is costmary, though cats have been known to survive without herbs though they live a hard life afterwards as they cannot complete many warrior tasks.

Fever often accompanies many illnesses, and can be a sign of infection or something even more serious.
Regular fever - often caused by infection of an internal or external injury, a fever is caused by the body heating up to try and get rid of the infection. Cats with coughs or chest infections often get fevers as part of their symptoms.
Bluefever - An offset of greencough, it is often coupled with the inability to control limbs or stay awake for longer than a few minutes at a time. Cats will literally starve in their sleep and are hard to wake from this state, and their lack of movement causes their noses to turn slightly blue. The cure for bluefever is thyme, juniper, feverfew, and tansy, though it is hard to get the cats to eat it.
Purplefever - similar to bluefever, this causes cats to hallucinate and have strange dreams as if they’d eaten foxglove seeds. It is also coupled with the vomiting of bloodcough, but turns cats insane. The cure for purplefever is thyme, juniper, feverfew, and tansy, though it is hard to get the cats to eat it due to paranoia.


Poisoning is the ingestion of a substance that causes harm to the body, such as:
-Eating or drinking poisonous substances or plants such as deathberries. Usually kits do this, being curious and unaware of the danger
-Eating poisoned or rotten prey or drinking tainted water
-Inhaling too much smoke from a fire
-Being bitten by a venomous animal
If only a small quantity of poison is ingested, the cat mostly receives a bellyache, but larger amounts can cause the death of the cat.
Silver Poison - A poison that ravaged the clans during a period of time in the past. Cats would be fine one moment and then dead the next. The cause was that the fish they were eating had been poisoned by some black Twoleg stuff that made the fish sick and when eaten by cats, the cats deathly sick. The cure is to throw up the food using yarrow on the sick patients.



Various other illnesses
Deadly Falter - A sickness with an unknown cause which attacks the nervous system and causes cats to seize up and stop moving. It creates other problems, as cats can develop chest infections and things more easily when they aren’t moving, but the cure for this is to keep the cat moving and continue to keep the blood flowing, while treating with heart-strengthening medication like juniper berries.

Cancer/tumours - often as a cat grows older it will develop some sort of lump in the skin, often in the stomach or chest area, which slowly causes the cat to grow sicker and sicker until they die. It is incurable, unfortunately, but normally isn’t super sudden, which means cats have a chance to farewell their families. Cats will often begin to simply stop eating, which can be a sign that the end is near.





INJURIES:
Loss of Sensory PerceptionA cat may lose his or her eyesight or hearing due to old age, accidents and infections, or birth defects. These conditions usually end their career as a warrior, as they cannot hunt or fight efficiently, and must retire as elders. Kits born with defects usually die young, unless they have special skills compensating it. Kits that are white with blue eyes have a higher chance of being born deaf.
Joint Aches - A condition usually associated with elders, the joints gradually degenerating with age, causing pain and difficulty to move. Damp environments can cause the appearance of this condition, so apprentices must make sure that the moss they gather for bedding is completely dry.

Toothache - A toothache is caused by a cracked tooth, cavities, or an infection in the mouth.

Chill - Chills are mostly associated with cold weather or being submerged in cold water. Kits and elders are more at risk of dying when they get a chill. Licking a cat's fur the wrong way gets the blood flowing again.

Cracked Pads - The paw pads may crack while walking long distances on hard surfaces, or due to cold weather. Elders are especially prone to this condition.
Wounds are injuries when the skin and the muscles beneath are torn, cut, or punctured. They may put a cat's life in danger due to blood loss, infections, or the damage of the organs. Wounds are the most common injuries, due to the cats always fighting enemy Clans, badgers or foxes.
Minor wounds heal on their own in no time, but severe wounds must be treated by a medicine cat.

Sprains - 
Sprains are injuries to ligaments of a joint, caused by being stretched beyond their normal capacity and possibly torn. It causes severe pain and decreased ability to move the joint. The cat must rest for several days.

Joint Dislocation - Joint dislocation is the displacement of a bone from its normal joint. Medicine cats treat this condition by first feeding the patient poppy seeds to make them sleepy so they don't feel it as much, and then forcing the limb back into the joint.

Broken Bones - A broken bone is usually the result of an accident, such as falling down from a high place, or being hit by a monster. Cats most often break their legs, and while medicine cats try to bind the bone with cobwebs, the injury usually results in the cat remaining crippled for the rest of his or her life.
A more severe injury is when a cat breaks his or her backbone. This results in the cat being unable to feel or move parts of his or her body. If the break is bad enough the cat will be killed on or shortly after impact. 

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