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Self heal (Prunella vulgaris)

Self heal is a member of the dead nettles and has the familiar square stem.  It seems to favour some sun and grows abundantly in the fields surrounding our woodland camp.

It’s an edible plant containing vitamins A, C and K, and can be eaten raw in a salad or used to flavour soups and stews.

Property : Astringent, Nutritive

Constituent : Vitamins A,B,C and K and thiamine, Flavonoids, Tannins

Action : Antibacterial, Astringent, Diuretic,  Antihypertensive, Anti viral

Indication : Colds and flu, High blood pressure, Sore throat, Swollen mouth, throat and lymph nodes

Topically for cuts, sores wounds. Aches and pains.

Self heal is good remedy for flus and fevers due to its cooling qualities.  It also reportedly stabilises the function of the thyroid gland.

Self heal tea is good for general wellbeing, fevers, flus and viral infections, mouth ulcers, thyroid disorder and throat problems.

As an oil or cream it can be used to treat cuts and sores, aches and pains and swelling in the throat

Always seek the advice of a qualified medical professional.

If you’re interested in wild plants, take a look at our Herbal Remedies course. You can see photos from previous courses on our Facebook page.

About Gary

Lead Instructor at Jack Raven Bushcraft, teaching bushcraft, wilderness and survival skills to groups and individuals.

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