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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Self Heal (Prunella vulgaris) beginning to bloom

I am so excited. Today, I came home to see my Self Heal plant beginning to bloom. Tiny bluish purplish flowers are opening. Self Heal has long been used as a wound healing herb. People have used the fresh crushed leaf in cleaning and healing cuts and wounds. It has been used internally to assist with diarrhea and hemorrhoids since it has astringent properties. It's also been gargled with to relieve sore throats. I think it would make a marvelous toner paired with raspberry leaves.

Reference: David Hoffmann's The New Holistic Herbal.

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