Woodruff possesses diaphoretic, diuretic, sedative, antispasmodic, and cholagogic qualities. It has been used primarily as tea to help support migraines, insomnia, liver infections, jaundice, bladder stones, and nervous ... *
Woodruff possesses diaphoretic, diuretic, sedative, antispasmodic, and cholagogic qualities. It has been used primarily as tea to help support migraines, insomnia, liver infections, jaundice, bladder stones, and nervous tension in children and the elderly. The bruised herb can be used as a poultice on fresh wounds and cuts.
Woodruff contains coumarin in a bound glycoside form that is activated by wilting or drying. Asperuloside, montropein, tannin, bitter principles, and a trace of nicotinic acid are found in the leaves. Asperuloside has anti-inflammatory properties.
General Herb Information
There are about thirty species in the genus Galium. G. odoratum is an erect or spreading perennial from six to twelve inches high, native to Europe, north Africa, and parts of Asia. Whorls of six to eight lance-shaped leaves, up to 1 1/2 inches long, with rough bristle-tipped margins, characterize this plant. The white, four-parted, star-shaped corollas bloom on loose, branching, terminal heads from May to June. The flowers are about one-fourth inch long. The fruits have small hooked hairs which catch on the fur of passing animals, thus dispersing the seed. The creeping rhizomes produce lush carpets in deciduous forests, and favor a beech canopy.
It is best propagated by dividing the creeping rhizomes in spring. Woodruff may also be propagated from cuttings, or seeds planted soon after ripening. Fresh seeds are essential. Space plants at one-foot intervals.
This is an excellent ground cover or edging for shaded areas. It tends to be a rapid spreader in rich, moist soils. To make a poor soil suitable for woodruff culture, fork in a generous supply of leaf mold. Soil pH should hover between 6 and 8.3.
Harvest the herb just before flowering. Odorless when fresh, the plant develops a distinctive new-mown hay scent upon drying or wilting.
The dried leaves make a wonderfully fragrant sachet for linen closets. May wine is a refreshing beverage made by soaking the fresh or dried leaves for a couple of hours in a slightly sweet white wine.
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