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Heal All

Prunella vulgaris


Heal-all is both edible and medicinal. It can be used in salads, soups, stews, or boiled as a pot herb. The flowers grow from a clublike, somewhat square, whirled cluster, immediately below this club are a pair of stalkless leaves standing out on either side like a collar. Flowers are two lipped and tubular, the top lip is a purple hood, and the bottom lip is often white, it has three lobes with the middle lobe being larger and fringed upwardly.


Heal-all is a perennial herb found throughout Europe, Asia and the North America, as well as most temperate climates. Its origin seems to be European, though it has been documented in other countries since before any history of travel. It is often found growing in waste ground, grassland, woodland edges, usually on basic and neutral soils.[2] It is grown in any damp soil in full sun or in light shade. Seeds are sown in very early spring in a flat outdoor area.


I spotted this growing along the Bruce Trail in Queeston park.

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alicelongmartin 12 years ago

Like your information. I am sure I have seen this somewhere.

LarsKorb 12 years ago

ya...this really explains the name. Thx for info.

Dan Doucette
Dan Doucette 12 years ago

It seems to cure everything, hence the name.
From my Medicinal plants book 'Traditionally leaf tea was used as a gargle for sore throats and mouth sores, also for fevers, diarrhea: externally, for ulcers, wounds, bruises and sores.'
Wiki ' The whole plant is medicinal as alterative, antibacterial, antipyretic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antiviral, astringent, carminative, diuretic, febrifuge, hypotensive, stomachic, styptic, tonic, vermifuge and vulnerary.'

LarsKorb 12 years ago

What's the main medicinal use? Does it cure something specific?

Dan Doucette
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Dan Doucette

Niagara Falls, Ontario, Ontario, Canada

Spotted on Jul 24, 2011
Submitted on Jul 25, 2011

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