Woodcut in Gerard's Herbal, London, 1597. Extensively re-drawn and colored
Fine art replica giclée print © 2009 Allen Bjorkman
Image Dimensions: 5 1/2 x 9 1/2 inches
Matted Dimensions: 11 1/4 x 15 1/2 inches
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Preparations of holly leaf have been used for coughs, digestive disorders, water retention, and yellowed skin (jaundice). Ilex aquifolium leaves are used for treating fevers that come and go, joint pain (rheumatism), swelling, water retention, and chest congestion. Ilex opaca leaves are used to empty and cleanse the bowels, stimulate the heart, and increase urine flow. Other holly species are used for treating heart disease, dizziness, and high blood pressure. The berries are very poisonous and should not be swallowed.