herbal way to cause constipation?

IBS and other ailments can, at least in part, benefit from a constipation-causing medicine, but what about herbs & mushrooms for the same effect?
Have you ever noticed there are plenty of well-proven diarrhetics in nature, but not plenty of constipation-causing herbs & shrooms? Is there even an antonym for "diarrhetic"?

I 1st read about red raspberry leaves as a constipation-causing herb, but the actual experimental evidence is lacking. Herb after herb I found a similar lack of evidence. I then found that Potentilla tormentilla has more evidence than most herbs. The website that appears most impressive is http://www.uofmhealth.org/health-library/hn-1203008#hn-1203008-need-to-know (when u go there, select "Supplements" to see what I’m referring to).

Does anyone have any info. about herbs/shrooms that [safely] cause constipation that’s not found at that site?

-Sam Schaperow, MS; PsychologyCT.com

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farmer foragers making wild and grown jams/jellies

I went to etsy.com and found people who farm & forage who make jams, which they call jellies but may be more jams than jellies. What is more definitive is the inconsistency in their consistencies. I have here a ground cherry jam/jelly that is very thick, while I have a highbush cranberry "jelly" that has no perceptible gel to it. Aka, the latter is a syrup.

I noticed pectin on the ingredients list for both, but ground cherries, per what I’ve read, contain abundant amounts of pectin. Thus, adding pectin is not useful unless you want a mega-pectin punch. I theorize that they are not learning and truly understanding their ingredients, instead just applying the same cookie-cutter recipe to many of the fruits the jamify/jelify. I find this annoying and unfortunate, especially for a place with a good specialization in jams, jellies, and syrups.

But, I don’t find ordering from them entirely bad. I am impressed w/their diversity of ingredients used, their foraging and gardening skills (they garden grown their ground cherries), as well as the uniqueness of their products. I’ve not opened the clear jars yet, but hopefully the sugar content won’t be excessive, and I’ll be able to at least enjoy some of what I ordered.

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Zanthoxylum americanum?

Whatever species from which I was sent the "peppers", it is tasty in its own right, but differently flavored & scented than the Chinese Szechuan peppercorns. It still has the numbing effect, but the different flavor probably would work differently in cooking, thus complementing different foods. Consider the flavor difference from lemon to lime, or grapefruit to pomelo. W/the former, I prefer lime in guacamole, but lemon in lemonade.

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Has anyone experienced black nightshade berries ("Black Tomato Berry") tasting different from plant to plant? I have two plants, and it seems that one gives consistently different flavored fruit. It is to the point that I feel one tastes okay, and the other quite good.

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Two-colored Bolete Licking

I found a large mature one 2 days ago. I took it out of the fridge today and licked the top of the cap. It is sweet, very sweet, or at least as sweet as the nectar from a japanese honeysuckle. Has anyone had this experience? If not, please let me know what you experience when licking another mature large cap, esp. after refrigerating a couple days.

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Plant antibiotic?

I’ll just say that alpha-Pinene may be one and that this oil is found in Monarda fistulosa ("Wild bergamot or bee balm").

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fascinating; Kerguelen Islands

I was researching remote significant islands and learned about these isles. They are a part of the Kerguelen Plateau, which is a sunken mini-continent. The islands are what are still above water, one of which is like twice the size of RI. The climate is cool and windy, but does not have the variation in temperature that most of us are used to. Imagine HI, where it is so often very pleasant, or here where it is almost always cool, but rarely freezing and rarely hot. When the islands were found a ~few hundred yrs ago, they were not inhabited by humans & have some unique flora.

When people found these islands, they ended up eating plants there. I know of no scenario where people were trying and dieing, but that people figured out what to eat safely. Anyway, Kerguelen cabbage is an example of an edible plant found there that is of a monotypic genus (only species w/in the entire genus).

I next found an article about people doing taste tests of plants there to see about making them avail. in other parts of the world. http://www.anbg.gov.au/gardens/research/hort.research/sub-antarctic/article3.html

As to mushrooms found there, mycologists may be interested in browsing google’s results.

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