Purple loosestrife was once a popular European folk supportive for diarrhoea and dysentery and is still used in this manner in a number of products made in France and Switzerland. Research has shown that Purple loosestrife can be useful against typhu...
Purple loosestrife was once a popular European folk supportive for diarrhoea and dysentery and is still used in this manner in a number of products made in France and Switzerland. Research has shown that Purple loosestrife can be useful against typhus bacilli and can also combat the amoeba, which can cause dysentery.
Externally, Purple loosestrife makes a valuable wound herb: use an infusion as a wash to clean cuts and grazes. It can also be tried to help fight nosebleeds (apply a cotton wool swab soaked in the infusion or insert crushed leaves in the nostril). The tea can be used as a douche for vaginal discharges. Make a strong decoction and use externally as a wash on skin irritations, skin sores and irritations.
Internally, Purple loosestrife can be helpful for heavy periods or in severe bladder concerns where there is blood in the urine. For diarrhoea, use a decoction of the aerial parts rather than an infusion.
Usually found in damp, marshy areas, the tall flower spikes of purple loosestrife make an attractive addition to late summer country lanes. Purple loosestrife has been tried for health benefits since Roman times - Pliny talks of the smoke from burning loosestrife as driving away serpents and adds that "the power is so great that, if placed on the yoke, when the beasts of burden are quarrelsome, it checks their bad temper".
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