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Common self-heal

Prunella vulgaris


Perennial herbaceous plant.


Found throughout Europe, Asia and North America, as well as most temperate climates. Grows in moist areas, waste ground, grassland, woodland edges, and usually in basic and neutral soils.


Self-heal is edible: the young leaves and stems can be eaten raw in salads; the whole plant can be boiled and eaten as a potherb; and the aerial parts of the plant can be powdered and brewed in a cold infusion to make a tasty beverage. Medicinally, the whole plant is poulticed onto wounds to promote healing. A mouthwash made from an infusion of the whole plant can be used to treat sore throats, thrush and gum infections. Internally, a tea can be used to treat diarrhea and internal bleeding and weaknesses of the liver and heart.

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Göttingen, Niedersachsen (Landmasse), Germany

Lat: 51.52, Long: 9.94

Spotted on Jul 28, 2012
Submitted on Jul 28, 2012


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