Aesculus glabra, Ohio Buckeye in bud and in flower.

Aesculus glabra, buckeye, Ohio buckeye was traditionally used powdered in a minute amount for treating spasmodic cough and asthma (with tight chest). Externally, an infusion or ointment used for rheumatism and hemorrhoids. The Delaware carried a “buckeye” (seed) in pocket to ward-off rheumatism. Used by indigenous groups to catch fish. The ground seeds mixed with flour and sprinkled on the surface of the water or a strong decoction of the seeds poured into pools of water would stupefy fish which floated to the surface for easy harvest. Contains various toxic saponins.

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