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Scientific name: Calluna Vulgaris
Other Names: Brucaria, Heather
Part used: flower
Origins & Properties
Heather is widespread in temperate areas throughout the northern hemisphere and thrives best when it has good exposure to sunlight.
The plant is an evergreen shrub of the Ericaceae family. It has numerous branching stems and can grow up to 2 feet in length. It has small needle-shaped leaves, and the flowers are usually purple but can also be white. The plant flowers from July through September, and is a very long-lived plant, sometimes reaching the age of 50.
This herb is an ancient remedy for urinary tract problems. It is thought to be good for inflammation of the urinary passages, prostate problems, such as prostate enlargement, bladder ailments, and kidney stones.
In recent years heather has been used successfully, especially in Germany, to treat rheumatic pains.
- Anti-inflammatory: Good for inflammation of the urinary passages, prostate problems, such as prostate enlargement, bladder ailments, and kidney stones
- Digestion: Herbal remedy for diarrhea, stomach pain and colic
- Arthritis: Remedy to treat arthritis, gout and rheumatism
- Improves sleep quality: Used as a mild sedative and as a sleep aid
- Colds, cough & flu: Treats colds and cough
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