'Self Heal' Medicinal Plant
Prunella Vulgaris or 'Self Heal' grows from 30 - 60 cm high, with creeping, self-rooting, square sectioned reddish stems branching at leaf axis.
The leaves are lance shaped, serrated and reddish at tip and the flowers grow from a clublike whirled cluster. Flowers bloom at different times depending on climate and other conditions; Mostly from June to August.
An important medicinal plant, the whole plant is gathered when the flowers bloom, and dried. The leaves and small flowers are edible.
The whole plant is medicinal as alterative, antibacterial, antipyretic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, astringent, carminative, diuretic, febrifuge, hypotensive, stomachic, styptic, tonic, vermifuge and vulnerary. It is taken internally as a medicinal tea in the treatment of fevers, diarrhoea, sore mouth and throat, internal bleeding, and weaknesses of the liver and heart.
Clinical analysis shows it to have an antibacterial action, which supports its use as an alternative medicine internally and externally as an antibiotic and for hard to heal wounds and diseases.
Please consult a GP before using this plant medicinally.