This section of the book is from "The Complete Herbalist" by Dr. O. Phelps Brown. Also available from Amazon: The Complete Herbalist: The People Their Own Physicians By The Use Of Nature's Remedies.
MEDICINAL PART. The root.
Description. -- The stem of this plant is smooth from one to four feet high, and growing from a perennial root. The leaves are alternate, lanceolate, smooth, and glossy above, paler and pubescent beneath; flowers greenish-white, and fruit a dark-blue or blackish berry. There is another variety, the Convallaria Racemosa, the root of which possesses similar qualities to that of Solomon's Seal.
History. -- Both plants are to be found throughout the United States and Canada. They flower from May to August. The root, which is the part used, is inodorous, but has a sweetish mucilaginous taste, which is followed by a slight sense of bitterness.
Properties and Uses. -- The root is tonic, mucilaginous, and astingent. The decoction is successfully used in whites, pectoral affections, menorrhagia, female debility, inflammation of the stomach and intestines, erysipelas, neuralgia, itch, local inflammations, etc. Dose of the decoction, one to three ounces, three times a day.