SELF-HEAL

NZ Lifestyle Block - - Feature Foraging Weeds -

Prunella vul­garis

ALSO KNOWN AS: all-heal, cure-all, wound­wort, stick­le­wort

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com­mon through­out NZ

Culpep­per (1616-1654) called it self-heal be­cause ‘when you are hurt, you may heal your­self’. This peren­nial is found grow­ing in damp lawns, lime-de­fi­cient pas­ture, for­est mar­gins and clear­ings where it makes a colour­ful ground cover, with de­light­ful pur­ple flow­ers that stand up above the leaves. USES: heal­ing cuts, bruises, mi­nor burns, as a gar­gle for sore throats and a mouth wash for bleed­ing gums or mouth ul­cers. Re­search has also shown that it helps lower high blood pres­sure. It con­tains high lev­els of an­tiox­i­dants.

I love to use the lit­tle leaves and flow­ers in sal­ads of mixed greens and in my smooth­ies. They can also be used fresh or dried as a herb tea, either on their own or with other herbs like cal­en­dula flow­ers, mint or lemon ver­bena.

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