A Basic List of Medicinal Herbs and Remedies by Shimmerfeather


Shimmerfeather gives a medicine cat guide for all those who have big dreams of becoming one

In my opinion, medicine cats are the gods/goddesses of the Clans. Here is a list of all the medicines and herbs! (SOURCE: Warriors Wiki)
If I missed any please tell me in the comments below.


Alder Bark – Alder trees grow in wet, boggy terrain and the bark is used to ease the pain of toothaches.
Beech Leaves – These are large, broad leaves that grow in basically any soil that is not moist/waterlogged. It has no healing effect, and is used by ThunderClan medicine cats to carry herbs.
Bindweed – Arrow-head shaped leaves with white or pink trumpet shaped flowers. It grows almost anywhere and fastens sticks to broken legs to keep them in place.
Blackberry Leaves – Blackberry bushes grow almost everywhere, and the leaves are chewed in a pulp to ease the swelling of bee stings.
Borage Leaves – Small blue or pink star shaped flowers with hairy leaves and stems. It grows best in forests and is chewed and eaten by nursing queens to produce more and better milk. Also used to bring down fevers.
Blazing Star – Five-petaled yellow flower that cures the unknown disease. Found on the side of Thunderpaths.
Bramble Twigs – If chewed into a fine syrup, they help the patient sleep.
Bright Eye – Bright white flowers dark rose pink centres, cures coughs and is found nearby rivers.
Blessed Thistle – Believed to be eaten to aid blood circulation.
Broom – Shrubs with small leaves and small yellow flowers that grew in ThunderClan’s old territory. It is used to make poultices for broken bones and wounds.
Burdock Root – Tall-stemmed thistle with a sharp smell and dark leaves, which grows best in dry places. The root is dug up, the soil is washed off, and then it is chewed into a pulp to lessen and heal the pain of infected rat bites. It is also used to prevent the infection of rat bites.
Burnet – Has oval shaped leaves with clusters of small flower buds at the top. Usually found in dry, grassy meadows and is used as a travelling herb to keep strength up, but also rumoured to stop minor bleeding on Twolegs.
Catchweed – A plant with fuzzy green balls on long stems. It is common in hedges and other low, shrubby vegetation and the burrs are put on poultices to stop them from being rubbed off without hurting the skin.
Catmint/Catnip – A delicious smelling, leafy plant that is rarely found in the wild and grows in Twoleg gardens. It is the best remedy for greencough and whitecough. Best to collect late in the day, once the due will have evaporated so it won’t rot.
Celandine – Yellow flower with four petals, the juice is trickled into the eyes to sooth the damage.
Chamomile – A small white flower with a large yellow centre. It can be found in Twoleg gardens and is eaten by the patient to strengthen the heart and soothe the mind. Also given to travelling cats for strength.
Chervil – A sweet smelling plant with large, fern-like leaves and small white flowers. The roots are described as being knobby and brown. It grew in Snakerocks, and is chewed to extract the juice. It is for infected wounds and bellyache, respectively, but can also be used during kitting.
Chickweed – Tall stemmed plant with fat, almond shaped leaves. It grew near Sunningrocks, and is eaten to treat green/whitecough, although catnip is preferred.
Cob Nuts – a smooth brown nut with a hard outside shell. These are in, under, or near hazel trees that grow in sunny spots, are made into ointments, but are borrowed by warriors to attract prey for their hunting.
Cobwebs – Long, thin, shiny strands spun into a web by spiders. They are all around the forest and are pressed over the wound to soak up, stop, or slow the bleeding. It may also be used to bind broken bones.
Coltsfoot – A flowering plant with yellow or white flowers resembling dandelions. It grows best in newleaf by a waterfall in RiverClan territory, but also grows well in ShadowClan’s lake territory. The leaves are chewed into a pulp to ease breathing or kittencough, as well as cracked or sore pads.
Comfrey Root – It has large leaves, small bell shaped flowers which are pink, white, or purple and fat black roots with a tangy smell. It grows in damp, grassy places. The roots are chewed into poultices to repair broken bones or soothe wounds. Some medicine cats use them for wrenched claws, itching, or inflammation of stiff joints. Also eases stiffness in the shoulders when one’s nest is lined with it.
Daisy Leaf – Thick, dark green oval-shaped leaves that grow almost everywhere. They are chewed into pastes to ease the pain of aching joints, but it is also a travelling herb.
Dandelion – Common yellow-flowered plant with long, hollow stems. Once flowering is finished, the flower transforms into a sphere made out of hundreds of smaller white florets with seed heads at the bottom which connect to the flower head. They grow almost everywhere, and the white liquid from the stem is thought to be applied to bee stings. The leaves can also be chewed to act like a painkiller.
Dock – Common, large-leafed plant with a tangy smell and taste. It doesn’t grow well in the mountains, but it grows best in leafy areas. It’s chewed up and applied to scratches to soothe them, though it can sting when applied. It’s a plant similar to sorrel which can also soothe sore or cracked pads, and if placed in one’s nest, ease the pain of wounds.
Elder – Flowering plant with soft leaves, a pleasant smell, tiny white flower buds, and small, black, shiny fruits with 3 longish seeds inside. The plant can be found in mountainous areas, where the sun doesn’t shine directly. It is one of the few herbs preventing tumours and cancers, as well as having a therapeutical effect and easing pain. It can treat colds and flus as well, the leaves can treat sprains.
Fennel – Thin, spiky leaves. They are found in numerous places, especially on dry soil near the sea/coast and on riverbanks. The stalks are broken and the juice is squeezed into the receiver’s mouth to ease joint ache in the hips. Sometimes it is used to help queens with kitting.
Fern Fronds – Used to cover herbs in med den to keep them fresh.
Feverfew – Small bush with flowers resembling daisies. Has a sharp, tangy smell and small, soft leaves. It grows best along the water and is eaten to reduce body temperature for cats with fevers or chills. It can also heal aches and pains, especially good for headaches.
Goatweed – Plant with ovate leaves that grows in RiverClan territory, and is given daily to cats with anxiety to ease their anxiety, and it is also given daily to cats going through grief.
Goldenrod – A tall plant with bright, yellow flowers that grows well on WindClan moors. It is chewed into a poultice and applied to wounds to heal and clean them.
Hawkweed – Small green plant with orange or yellow flowers. It’s like catmint but not as strong. Little is known about hawkweed.
Heather Blossom – Eases aching joints, half a paw-full in water.
Heather Nectar – Nectar found in bell-shaped flowers that are best grown in shady areas. The nectar is included in herbal mixtures to make swallowing easier and sweetening.
Honey – A Clan favourite, this sweet, golden-coloured and goopy liquid is made by bees in honeycombs and bee nests. It is eaten, or moss is soaked in it and given to cats. It soothes infections, offers a great remedy for smoke-damaged or sore throats, helps cats swallow other concoctions, helps soothe coughing, and gives energy.
Horsetail – A tall, bristly-stemmed plant with fleshy stalks that grow in any marshy area and is chewed into a poultice, then applied to wounds to treat infection and stop bleeding.
Iris – Used to stimulate breathing during the process of kitting, but is also used for kits’ sore throats.
Ivy Leaf – Leaves from ivy vines that grow in the ThunderClan medicine den, but it is used by ShadowClan medicine cats to store other herbs.
Juniper Berries – Purple-blue berries from the dark green, spiky-leaved juniper bush. It grows in places that are not wet, are chewed and eaten by patients to soothe bellyaches, give strength, help troubled breathing, and calming cats.
Juniper Sap – Like mousebile, but for WindClan.
Lamb’s Ear – Soft, fuzzy green plant that is commonly found in the mountains. It gives a cat strength.
Lavender – A small purple flowering plant that grows in Twoleg gardens, but can also be found in sunny spots with sandy or gravelly soil. It is placed under a cat’s nose and to be inhaled constantly to cure fevers and chills. It is also rubbed/placed on an animal’s body to mask the scent of death.
Lovage – cures coughs
Mallow Leaves – Large fuzzy three-nubbed leaves from a flowering shrub; sweet rose scent. They grow best near the shore, but are best collected at sunhigh when they are dry. They are eaten to soothe bellyache.
Marigold – A low-growing flower that is yellow to bright orange. It grows near water and the petals or leaves are chewed into poultices to stop infection and bleeding. The juice can also be trickled to ease inflammation of stiff joints.
Mint – Downy, serrated leaves ranging from green to purple to yellow in colour, with small flowers with a white or purple in colour. There was a patch of them beside ThunderClan’s old nursery, and are rubbed on a dead body to hide the scent of death.
Mouse Bile – A foul smelling, yellowish-green liquid that can be found anywhere mice are present, and is stored in moss and dabbed on ticks embedded in a cat’s pelt which causes the tick to fall off.
Mouse Blood – sometimes used to sweeten mixtures
Oak Leaf – Round, cartoon like ruffled leaves that are found all over the forest floor and collected in leaf-fall, then set out to dry until time of usage, when they are chewed into a thick poultice and spread on a wound to stop infection from setting in.
Parsley – A long-stemmed plant with ragged-edged crinkly leaves. They have a sharp scent, but taste cold and fresh. They grow best in moist, well-drained soil with full sun, and are eaten to stop a queen from producing milk if her kits die, don’t need milk anymore, or are producing too much milk. But it can also be used to cure bellyache.
Pine Sap – scent markers for death
Poppy Seeds – Tiny, round black seeds that are shaken out of a dried bright red poppy flowerhead. They are found all over the forest and are chewed on to help a cat sleep, soothe shock or distress, or ease pain, however it is not recommended for nursing queens.
Ragwort Leaves – Tall shrub with yellow flowers and a foul taste, that grows almost everywhere; especially in cool areas with high rainfall. They are crushed, chewed, and mixed with juniper berries to help aching joints, but it is also a travelling herb.
Ragweed – Ragged-leaved plant that resembles a fern, which is thought to be commonly found in the mountains and gives cats extra strength.
Raspberry Leaves – Soft to the touch, with jagged edges that are found on raspberry bushes and is eaten to ease pain, or help stop bleeding during kitting.
Rosemary – Tall with needle-like leaves and purple flowers. They grew near the old ThunderClan warriors den, and were placed on the pelt of a dead cat to prepare for burial.
Rush – Long, narrow leaves with lavender-coloured head stalks. It often grows in infertile soils, in a wide range of moisture conditions. It helps hold a broken limb in place.
Sheep Sorrel – eases fevers
Skullcap Seeds – Tiny brown seeds 1mm long with brown bulges, eaten for extra strength.
Snakeroot – Dark-leaved shrub with fuzzy, spiny white balls/flowers. They grow mainly in warmer areas, however some do grow in cooler areas. It is the best remedy for poison, and the root is applied to wounds and heals poison or snake bites.
Sorrel – Similar to dock, but a travelling herb.
Sticks – We should all know what sticks look like! Cats in pain bite it when other medicine is unavailable or not recommended, and is also used to help broken legs heal.
Stinging Nettle – It has green, spiny seeds and is found all over the forest and the seeds are eaten by a cat who’s swallowed poison to induce vomiting or bring down swelling, respectively. The leaves can also be chewed into a poultice for a wound, and chewing the stems helps fight infection.
Sweet Sedge – Thick green stem with long buds at the top, which grows all through leaf-bare but is most common around RiverClan camp. One must swallow the sap to ease infection.
Tansy – The tansy plant has round, yellow leaves/flowers, and a very sweet and strong scent, which makes it good for disguising a cat’s scent. It is found in the forest and near Twolegplaces, and is to be consumed, but only in small doses, to cure coughs, wounds, and poisons. It also stops cats from getting greencough and it soothes sore throats.. If eaten, it can ease pain in wrenched legs and back pain.
Tormentil – It has a strong, aromatic scent to it a sharp taste. This plant is found in cool or cold areas, but other types may be found in gardens. These are chewed and put on wound, but the root is good for treating all wounds and extracting poison.
Thyme – Small, delicate, thick, sticky leaves with a fresh tang, which grows best in hot, sunny locations and is chewed on to calm nervousness, anxiety, and cats who are in shock.
Tree Sap – cures red cough
Watermint – A green, leafy plant with hairy stems and spikes typically with light purple flowers. It is usually found in stream beds or damp earth, then chewed into a pulp and eaten to ease suffering that originates from a bellyache. It is also used to smooth a dead cat’s pelt for vigil.
Wild Garlic – Due to its strong smell, it is good for hiding the scent of your Clan on raids, and it used to not grow not far from ThunderClan’s old camp. One must roll in it, but as well as disguising scent, it is also used to prevent infection from rat bites.
Willow Tree – Willow trees grow in RiverClan territory I assume, but also near Twolegplaces. The bark eases pain, the leaves can be eaten to stop vomiting, but the water from the bark may be dripped into the eyes to clear blurriness and aid poor vision, but can also be applied to dry and itchy patches to soothe the skin. Small amounts of Willow Bark may be consumed to ease pain, act against inflammation, and to ease diarrhoea or fevers.
Wintergreen – A green shrub easily identifiable by its bright red berries. It grows in oak-pine woods, sandy habitats, and sub-alpine places. It can treat wounds and some poisons.
Yarrow – A flowering plant with tall stems, grew in Snakerocks, and the leaves are chewed into a poultice that can be given to cats or applied to a wound depending on the current situation. It extracts poison from wounds, but if eaten, will make a cat vomit up toxins. The ointment will soften and heal cracked pads.

Deathberries/Yew berries/Night Seeds – Ah, yes; these red berries from the infamous dark-leaved, poisonous yew bush used to grow in the ravine in ThunderClan’s old territory. They can – no, WILL kill a cat within minutes of being consumed. Sometimes it is used to kill other cats by forcing them to eat the berry, however ShadowClan medicine cats use it to end a cat’s life to prevent unnecessary suffering.
Foxglove Seeds – Tiny, black seeds from the pink bell-shaped flower of the fox-glove plant. They grow almost everywhere, especially in temperate regions. The petals can be pressed against deep wounds to stop bleeding, but a patient eats the seeds only as a last resort. It is supposed to help the heart, but instantly causes paralysis and heart failure. It is easy to get them confused with poppy seeds.
Holly Berries – Holly bushes are very pretty with their spiny leaves that produce red berries. Holly berries are quite possibly the least poisonous herb out of all of these, but still holds dangerous value. They have no effect on adults, but if a kit eats them, it causes kitten-cough.
Deadly Nightshade – A small shrub with faintly-scented, bell shaped flowers that are purple tinged with green in colour, with berries that are black and shiny when ripe. They grow in moist, shady places, but often grows in places where the soil is rich in limestone. It is used to kill a cat that cannot be saved quickly.
Water Hemlock – Green or white flowers with petals in umbrella-shaped clusters. They grow in wet, marshy areas and is the most poisonous plant after deathberries, and can easily be confused with parsley. Water hemlock causes writhing, pain, foaming at the mouth, and violent convulsions. Thankfully, it can be treated with yarrow if the treatment comes quick enough. If it is too late, the consumer will already be dead.

There is currently no special herbs that can treat cancer, epilepsy, diabetes, cat flu, auto-immune disease, or other cat ailments.


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