Cowslip flower can be used as an alternative medicine for bronchitis, insomnia, sore and swollen nose. It has been used for centuries to make sedative tea. Cowslip is rich in calcium, potassium, sodium, Vitamin C, Beta-carotene, salicylic acid, enzymes, and flavonoids.
William Shakespeare was so taken by the beauty and benefit of cowslip that he immortalized it no less than 8 times throughout his plays. It has been used for centuries to make sedative tea.
“Where the bee sucks, there suck I. In a cowslip’s bell I lie.” —William Shakespeare, The Tempest, act 5, scene 1
Other Common Names: Cowslip primrose, key flower, key of heaven, palsywort, fairy cups, primrose.
Bring 1 cup of water to a boil in a pot. Add 1 teaspoon of loose cowslip flower. Boil for 3 more minutes, then allow to cool for 3 minutes. Strain the tea and drink when it has cooled down enough.
Cowslip was often referenced as a cardiac tonic, for colds and wound treatment. Cowslip has a relaxing effect on bronchial airways and mucous, so it is a suitable remedy to relieve coughing during cold season. It is particularly useful to relieve age-related coughing, a nagging cough resulting from a weaker heart, causing fluid to build-up in the lungs.
The flowers and roots of this herb are an expectorant and can be used in treating symptoms of flu, coughs and common cold. It is also used as a home remedy for whooping cough in Europe. The flowers of this plant are known to promote sweating which makes them suitable to be used for feverish colds, nasal congestion and flu.
Cowslip dispels negative emotional states associated with traumas, depression and sadness. It intensifies the feelings of love, balances the inner being, and improves focusing power and concentration.
For those having trouble sleeping or falling asleep, it's best to drink this tea just before going to sleep.
Cowslip helps to detox and cleanse the toxic elements responsible for rheumatism and arthritis. Mixing it with other herbs increases the detoxification effect.
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