- Available: Summer 20%
- Locale: Volcanic Highlands
- Type: Perennial
- Cost: 50s/1
- Uses: 1
“Suddenly earth opened its jaws, tongues of molten rock lashed forth, to entangle and engulf the herbalist. Skin almost aflame, hair curling, breathing a pain, and eyes drying, Li Mingdao saw Emberfern.”
Li Mingdao was a renowned herbalist, preferring to search volcanic highlands, he was known for his fearless exploration of the treacherous terrain. Legend has it that Li Mingdao discovered the Emberfern while seeking shelter from a sudden eruption. Observing the fern’s ability to withstand the intense heat, he quickly gathered some and returned to his shop. There he experimented with different parts. Realizing its potential for medicinal use, he developed various products that could harness its unique properties.
Li Mingdao’s discovery of the Emberfern led to a breakthrough in herbal medicine. His knowledge has been passed on through generations, and Emberfern is a symbol of resilience in the face of adversity.
Emberfern is a hardy perennial fern with fronds that can reach up to six feet in length. Its fronds have a distinctive fiery red coloration, with feathery foliage in Venetian red, Falu Red, and Crimson, that resembles flames. The fern’s roots are deep and extensively branched, anchoring it firmly in the rocky volcanic soil.
Herb Climate: Volcanic Highlands: Emberferns thrive in the extreme conditions of volcanic highlands. They are adapted to the high temperatures, mineral-rich soils, and occasional lava flows that characterize this environment.
- Fronds: Large, up to six feet in length, fiery red feathery foliage in Venetian red, Falu Red, and Crimson colours. They are arranged in a symmetrical pattern and have a unique serrated margin that resembles flames. They are hairless and attached to the stem by short stalks.
- Stem: Long, non-woody, slender, and has nodes and internodes that support the fronds.
- Root: The fibrous root system is well-adapted to the rocky volcanic soil. The roots are extensive and spread widely, with a shallow depth to capture nutrients from the surface. Some aerial roots called “prop roots” provide additional support to the fronds.
- Pastes: Emberfern paste is made by grinding the fronds into a fine, fiery powder and mixing it with a binding agent. This paste is known for its heat-absorbing properties.
- Essential Oils: Emberfern essential oil is extracted by steam distillation of the fronds. It captures the fern’s unique fiery scent and is often used in aromatherapy.
- Potions: Emberfern potions are prepared by steeping the fronds in hot water. They are known for their ability to provide a burst of energy and resistance to extreme heat.
After harvest, Emberfern fronds are typically dried in the sun to preserve their fiery color and properties. They are then stored in airtight containers to protect them from moisture and maintain their potency.
Handling and Refinement:
- To create paste, the dried fronds are ground into a fine powder and mixed with a binding agent, usually a natural resin.
- Essential oil is extracted through steam distillation, and
- potions are prepared by steeping dried fronds in hot water.
- Emberfern paste is stored in sealed jars to prevent moisture from affecting its quality.
- Essential oil is stored in dark glass bottles to protect it from light, and
- potions are typically stored in glass vials with tight seals.
- Pastes: Applied topically, Emberfern paste is used to soothe burns and reduce inflammation. It can also be used to create heat-absorbing poultices for treating feverish conditions.
- Essential Oils: Emberfern essential oil is used in aromatherapy to promote alertness and invigoration. It is often diffused or added to bathwater.
- Potions: Emberfern potions are consumed to increase resistance to heat and fatigue. They are popular among travelers and adventurers exploring volcanic regions.
All Emberfern products share the ability to provide resistance to extreme heat and boost energy levels. When applied or consumed, they create a sensation of invigoration and temporarily increase the body’s tolerance to high temperatures.
While Emberfern products can provide resistance to heat, they should not be used as a substitute for proper protection in extremely hot environments. Prolonged exposure to extreme heat can still be dangerous, and users should take necessary precautions.
Emberfern is considered a symbol of resilience and adaptability in many cultures. It is often associated with the ability to thrive in challenging conditions, much like the people of the volcanic highlands. In some traditions, Emberfern fronds are used as decorative elements during festivals and ceremonies to represent the indomitable spirit.
Last Updated on 2023-10-28 by IoM-Christian