SELF HEAL

#25- SELF HEAL, Prunella Vulgaris

Self Heal is an amazing little perennial that has so many amazing attributes to it. I like to collect the plant before flowering but many wait to harvest it until it is flowering. I think of it as a mint and I prefer young mint leaves as opposed to flowering ones. However the flowers can add a nice coloring to the tea and pollinators love them! I do not think to tincture Self Heal because it is so abundant in Western North Carolina and is so very tasty and soothing. If one wanted to tincture it, do so with 45% alcohol.  At the first sign of sore throat we gargle with Self Heal tea. 

Here is a picture of it in flower:

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Sorry for the dizzying walk to my Self Heal patch… You’ll be happy to know I’m going to attend a video editing class this summer! 


Research:

A polysaccharide fraction from medicinal herb Prunella vulgaris downregulates the expression of herpes simplex virus antigen in Vero cells.

Prunella vulgaris L., an Edible and Medicinal Plant, Attenuates Scopolamine-Induced Memory Impairment in Rats

Dr. Ray Sahelian share studies on Self Heal

Prunella vulgaris inspires Cancer and HIV Research

Anti-tumor Properties of Prunella vulgaris

Extract of Prunella vulgaris spikes inhibits HIV replication at reverse transcription in vitro and can be absorbed from intestine in vivo.

Inhibition of HIV-1 infection by aqueous extracts of Prunella vulgaris

Immune modulatory effects of Prunella vulgaris 

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