Ladies’ slipper grows in the rich woods and meadows in the U.S.
The ROOT is the part used in medicine. The odor is lightly valerianic (it is sometimes called American valerian); the taste is sweetish, acrid, bitter, and aromatic.
The root is almost a pure nervine, accounting for the name of “nerve root” also given to it. It spends all of its medicinal properties on the nervous system.
It is almost a pure relaxant and can be used to excellent advantage in the delirium of fevers, either alone or in a combination of 2 parts ladies’ slipper and 1 part lobe-ha, making an infusion and taking a dessert-spoonful occasionally. It relaxes nerve tension and permits a refreshing sleep.
In the delirium of typhoid fever, add a little cayenne. It will relieve brain irritation and refreshing sleep will result.
In nerve irritation, where there is much restlessness and inability to sleep, use ladies’ slipper and lobe-ha in equal parts. In dysmenorrhea and uterine irritation, add some cayenne. Infuse or make into pills with extract of boneset.
In hysteria, it is one of the best remedies. With convulsions, add asafoetida, a little ginger, and a little lobe-ha.
It is valuable in nervous headache, sleeplessness, or any irritable condition arising from enfeebled nerve conditions. Use ladies’ slipper 2 parts and skullcap 1 part in this condition and in a case of irritable nervous depression. If the stomach is involved, use by enema.
Those overworked and worried can secure help by taking small and frequent doses of the simple infusion.
In some cases of insomnia, an injection of ladies’ slipper may be given when retiring, and at times a little lobeha may be added. This combination will give good results in nymphomania and assist in preventing emissions.
In parturition, the following will relieve a rigid os uteri and calm nervous irritability: 3 parts ladies’ slipper, 2 parts raspberry leaves, 1 part bruised ginger. Infuse 1 oz. in 1 pt. boiling water and take a wine-glassful every hour. If more stimulation is needed, add a little cayenne.
For colic and after-pains, use 3 parts ladies’ slipper, 2 parts wild yam, 1 part ginger. Infuse 1 oz. in 1 pt. boiling water and take as required. It will give favorable results. In case of postpartem hemorrhage, however, omit the ginger and add either trillium, cayenne, or black haw.
For rheumatism, combine with some stimulant.
In low states of typhus fever, congestions with nerve irritation, and similar conditions, it is too relaxing to be used alone; combine with an excess of cayenne and golden seal.
A soothing syrup for children and for neuralgia is made as follows: all FE, 2 oz. ladies’ slipper, 1 oz. each skullcap, prickly ash, and pleurisy root, 1 oz. tincture lobeha and 1 oz. essence of aniseed. Mix and take from 1/4 to 1 t. in warm water, sweetened, or in a little catnip tea.
In the presence of putrescence, ladies’ slipper will relieve irritation of the nervous system.
In cranial or abdominal pain, the following is a soothing nervine for child and adult: all FE, ladies’ slipper 4 dr., 1 dr. each skullcap, catnip, wild yam and 4 oz. syrup of ginger.
If ladies’ slipper is used with tonic medicine, its power is increased.
It is of course understood that if the system is loaded with poisons, causing nerve irritation, measures should be taken to eliminate the offending matter as ladies’ slipper will not do this.