Wolves of Welton
The herb Healthis Poivycus, more commonly referred to as Poi, is well known for being a key component in many basic healing potions and other medicines due its restorative properties and wide availability. Even in its raw form, the herb is noted for the near miraculous speeds at which it disinfects and helps close up wounds. However, applying Poi in its raw form to the body is generally regarded by academics as unwise and should only be done in situations where immediate health restoration is needed, as it can cause major irritation to the skin resulting in rashes and mild burning or “tingling” sensations in the areas it is applied. Consuming the herb raw is even more strongly discouraged, for reasons which will be covered in Chapter 6 (See section “Between Life and Death: Consequences of Improper Herb Usage”). However, when mixed with the right ingredients and properly refined, these potential side effects all but vanish, while the more useful healing properties of the herb are strengthened. Due to the fact that Poi grows in almost any climate and needs very little nutrients or sunlight to grow, it can be found all across the realm. While it can easily be obtained in the wild, Poi curiously grows at much a much slower rate in gardens and greenhouses, which makes harvesting it much more difficult for those who don’t know where to look for it outdoors. Despite various theories as to why Poi does not seem to do as well in more domestic settings, it still remains unclear as to the specific causes of this phenomenon. In any case, Poi is still an incredibly versatile and effective healing herb, and should be considered a must have for herbalists or alchemists of any level interested in making healing items.
-Excerpt from Professor Glenburg’s book, Various Herbs and Their Practical Uses; A Guide