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Actions: Astringent, tonic, diuretic, vulnerary, cholagogue, anti-inflammatory.
Indications: This herb is a useful expectorant for coughs, bronchitis and pleurisy, especially when they are accompanied by fever, colds or influenza. The leaf can be used as a compress in inflammations of the chest. It content of carminative essential oil explains its use easing intestinal colic and flatulence. As a digestive agent it stimulates appetite and may be used in anorexia nervosa. It has been shown to help ease rheumatic inflammations. In cystitis it acts as a urinary antiseptic.
Combinations: For bronchial problems it combines well with Coltsfoot and Horehound; for indigestion, flatulence and loss of appetite. In musculoskeletal problems it may be used with herbs such as Black Cohosh, Willow Bark and Black Haw.
Preparations & Dosage:
Decoction: put a teaspoonful of the cut root in a cup of water, bring it to the boil and simmer for two minutes. Take it off the heat and let it stand for l5 minutes. Take one cup three times a day. Tincture: Take 30-60 drops of the tincture three times a day.