In the Balkans, this plant is revered for its beneficial influence on the urogenital tract and prostate problems. It is known as a man's plant. It helps with all problems related to the urogenital tracts and prostate, but additionally it has a stimulative effect on potency and libido, especially if impotency is caused by exhaustion, stress, anxiety etc. It is one of the leading aphrodisiacs.
Hogweed was widely employed medicinally by a large number of native North American Indian tribes who used it to treat a wide variety of complaints, but especially as a poultice on bruises, sores etc. A poultice of the heated leaves has been applied to minor cuts, sore muscles etc. It has also been used as a wash to remove warts.
The leaves are tonic. They have been used in the treatment of colds. A soothing drink made from the leaves is used to treat sore throats. An infusion of the fresh young stems has been used in the treatment of diarrhoea.
Hogweed is one of the plants that are considered rare and not well know, apart from a few herbalists that include it in their medicine cabinet. Heracleum Sphondylium is its latin name and in the Balkans it is know as bear paw , due to the shape of the leaf. It is a rare mountainous plant, not unlike bears themselves.
The natural habitat of this plant is Europe and Asia. The latin name is connected to Heraclitus, who was a symbol of strength and this reveals a bit of its medicinal potency.
The smell of the leaf reminds of celery so it is often used in soups and salads. Apart from many minerals and vitamins it has, it contains only 50 calories so it widely used in nutritionism.
This is one of the rarest herbs we have, picked from the mountains of Balkans...don't miss out on the well kept secrets of our forests!
Dosage: 20-30 drops, 3 times a day.
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