Prunella vulgaris– Heal-all
Lamiaceae (Mint Family)
Other Names: Self-heal, Allheal, Prunella
Description: Low perennial; to 1 ft. Leaves oval to lance shaped, mostly smooth, opposite, on a weakly squared stem. Purple flowers crowded on a terminal head, hooded, with a fringed lower lip.
Where Found: Waste places, lawns, open forest, pastures. Found throughout e. US.
Medicinal Part: Whole plant
Preparation: Whole plant tea
Uses: Traditionally tea used as a gargle for sore throats and mouth sores. Also used as an astringent. In China the tea is considered cooling and is used to treat ‘heat in the liver’ and aid in circulation as well as a diuretic for kidney ailments.
Constituents and Effects: Ursolic acid: antitumor and diuretic. Research suggests that the plant possesses antibiotic, hypotensive, and antimutagenic qualities. The plant is also rich in antioxidant components.