This plant acts as a fever reducer by both resetting the fever control mechanism within the brain and stimulating sweating. With equal parts Peppermint and Yarrow, this remedy has been used since ancient times. A tea with Peppermint in water is a folk remedy for colds; induces sweating and nausea.
Warning: Bark, root, leaves, and unripe berries toxic; said to cause cyanide poisoning, severe diarrhea. Fruits edible when cooked. Flowers not thought to be toxic; eaten in pancakes and fritters.