Fumitory is one of those herbs that has followed humans as a weed in fields and gardens for centuries. In modern times, it is mostly used for skin related problems and digestive health.
Fumitory is not used to great extent in modern day herbal medicine but it still has some medicinal applications. Fumitory has diaphoretic (sweat-inducing), diuretic and blood purifying properties, which makes it excellent for fevers and cleanses.
It is used both externally and internally.
Fumitory has for a long time been used to treat skin ailments such as rash, chronic eczema, psoriasis, scabies and acne.
Traditionally, the herb has been used in combination with Walnut leaves as an external treatment for wounds, cuts, and scrapes.
The herb is sometimes recommended as a remedy for hemorrhoids by adding the dried herb in the bath water, as a sitz bath or as an eyewash for conjunctivitis.
Animal studies support some of the traditional use in humans and have shown that the herb may have a certain blood pressure lowering, slight diuretic, and laxative effect.
The herb is used as a tonic to increase appetite, and it is believed to stimulate the smooth muscles of the intestines which helps with Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and stomach cramps. It is also used as a tea as an herbal remedy for intestinal parasites.
Additionally, the herb promotes the function of both the liver and the gallbladder and have an antispasmodic effect thus normalizing the bile flow.
Therefore, it is sometimes used internally as a remedy for biliary colic (pain due to a gallstone temporarily blocking the bile duct) and migraine associated with digestive problems.
In Germany, fumitory is approved for the treatment of biliary colic.
The herb is taken as a tea for indigestion, and can be supportive in treating gallbladder and liver conditions.
Dosage and preparation:
Tea - Add one or two teaspoonfuls of the dried herb to one cup of boiling water and allow it to soak for 15 minutes before straining. Drink three times a day.Tincture - 20 to 30 drops, 3 times a day.
The taste: The herb has a bitter and salty taste. To improve the flavor, add a spoon of honey or a few drops of lemon.
Precaution: Fumitory is considered safe in small amounts. Follow the recommended dose and drink it for maximum 10 days, followed by a pause of another 10 days.
The herb has a toxic effect in large doses and can cause severe diarrhea, muscle cramps, and breathlessness.Do not use if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
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Fumitory is a plant that has followed humans as a weed in fields and gardens for centuries.The herb has been used as an herbal medicine since before the times of the Roman Empire and from the Middle Ages to the 18th century it played a prominent part in traditional herbal medicine.
Fumaria species are used in Turkish folk medicine as a blood purifier and an anti-allergic agent.
The Greek physician and pharmacologist Pedanius Dioscorides (40 – 90 AD) mentions that rubbing the eyes with the sap or latex of fumitory produces tears in the same manner as acrid smoke.
In ancient times, fumitory was regarded to have magical powers. The plant was burned in bonfires because it was believed that the smoke from the plant could protect against witchcraft and expel evil spirits.
According to an ancient legend, the plant first come to be, not from a seed, but from a vaporous smoke rising from the earth.
Fumitory is a low shrub with gray pointed leaves, and from a distance the plant can have the wispy appearance of smoke. Because of this, it received the name “earth smoke.”
Habitat: Fumitory is originally native to Europe and North Africa, but has been introduced to Asia, North America, and Australia.
Other Common Names: Common fumitory, drug fumitory, hedge fumitory, earth smoke, wax dolls, fumaria (Spanish), reykjurt (Icelandic), Gewöhnlicher Erdrauch (German), fumeterre officinal (French), jordrøyk (Norwegian), jordrök (Swedish), jordrøg (Danish), peltoemäkki (Finnish).