Purple Loosestrife benefits the digestive system, heavy menstrual cycles and skin problems.
Purple loosestrife is an astringent herb that is mainly employed as a treatment for diarrhea and dysentery. It can be safely taken by people of all ages and has been used to help arrest diarrhea in breast-feeding babies.
Modern research has shown the whole plant to be antibiotic and to be particularly effective against the micro-organism that causes typhus. The flowering plant is antibiotic, highly astringent, hypoglycaemic, styptic and vulnerary. It is valued as an intestinal disinfectant. It is also used for its beneficial effects on irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), Crohn's disease , and other digestive and colon related issues, such as colitis, spastic colon, and ulcerous colitis.
It can also be used to treat heavy periods and inter-menstrual bleeding, as well as internal bleeding, excessive menstruation etc.
These beautiful purple flowers are amazing for external use, helping you treat skin issues. Making a salve or washing your skin with a tea made from this herb is beneficial for all kinds of eczemas, dermatitis, wrinkles, acne, due to its astringent and antibacterial effects.It can be also used as a eye wash, to help treat conjuctivitis. Washing your feet with this tea will help manage foot odor.Using it externally as a washing liquid can be very helpful in cases of vaginal infections, inflammation, itchiness and vaginal discharge.
Preparation: Add a teaspoon of the herb to a cup of boiling water. Cover it, let it steep for 15 minutes and drink up to 3 cups a day. For external use, you can use the same preparation method, but use a handful of the herb to a liter of water to wash skin, eyes or genitalia. For washing out eyes, use a sterile gauze of cotton ball. For a poultice, take a teaspoon or two of the herb, add a few drops of hot water and mix it into a paste, then apply on the problematic area of the skin and cover it with a gauze.
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Purple Loosestrife tincture has a history of being used for gastroenteritis, dysentery, ulcers, liver problems, fevers, constipation, and typhus- a sometimes fatal bacterial infection that causes flu-like symptoms, rash, and brain inflammation. An infusion of the herb was gargled and swished for sores in the mouth and throat.
Culpeper preferred purple loosestrife over eyebright for treating the eyes. He claimed that it “...cleanses and heals all foul ulcers whatsoever, by washing them with the water, or laying on them a green leaf or two in summer, or dry leaves in winter. This water, when warmed and used as a gargle, or even drunk sometimes, cures the quinsy, or king’s evil of the throat (peritonsillar abscess). The said water applied warm takes away spots, marks and scabs in the skin; and a little of it drunk, quenches extraordinary thirst.”
Purple loosestrife was originally planted as an ornamental for its showy purple flower spikes and hardy, clumping habit. This herbaceous perennial quickly escaped garden cultivation and can now be found growing in wetter soils where water meets land such as margins of lakes, soggy drainage ditches, marshy areas, fens, floodplains, bogs, wetlands, and disturbed areas left to go wild again. It can also tolerate drier growing conditions, but in a wet, sunny, open meadow it can form large drifts or stands, becoming a monocrop. It is now listed as a highly invasive plant in much of the eastern US. Some states even go so far as to make it illegal to plant, sell, or even possess purple loosestrife.