Old Man's Whiskers, which is also known as Prairie Smoke, is a perennial wildflower that grows long and feathery as it matures. The roots have been boiled to create a weak tea substitute while a strong decoction was used to treat severe coughs and fevers, as an eye wash, or mouthwash for sore throats. The roots were also infused in oil to create a salve to treat rashes, blisters and open wounds. A brew was often used in sweat lodges as a body wash for aches and pains.
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