The majority of the plant’s therapeutic abilities are likely due to the presence of flavonoids and saponins. The plant has diuretic properties as well as anticonvulsive, and astringent properties and a the ability to disinfect the urinary tract.
Rupturewort has been used for centuries for medicine and the first mention of its use dates back to the early 1500s when it was used as a natural diuretic to treat urinary tract infections and cystitis. The herb is still used today to treat a range of urinary tract conditions including urethritis, urinary tract infections and cystitis and it has an anti-spasmodic effect on the bladder. It is also used to prevent kidney stones or kidney gravel from forming.
Rupturewort has also been used traditionally to help treat minor wounds and ulcers. Its common name as well as its scientific name – ‘Herniaria’ stem from its purported ability to treat herniated or ruptured skin.
Because it has astringent properties, the herb is applied topically in the form of a poultice to help speed up the healing of minor wounds, ulcers and sores.
Rupturewort has also been used to help treat joint conditions like rheumatism and arthritis. It is also sometimes used to treat gout because of its diuretic ability - it helps flush uric acid and other toxins from the system. It is the build-up of uric acid which cause painful episodes of gout.
The Herniaria genus consists mostly of annual flowering plants and belongs to the family Caryophyllaceae. H. glabra is related to carnations and dianthus. This genus is native to Asia, Eurasia, Africa and some parts of Europe, but has been introduced to North America. Usually plants in this genus form a mat like ground cover for a short period but this may be dependent upon local weather conditions. This plant is still quite uncommon but is growing in popularity.
Rupturwort is also called Green Carpet due to the plant’s spreading nature and soft texture underfoot. It may go by many common names including, Smooth Rupturewort in North America and Europe, Bruckkraut, Flax Weed, Herniaire Hirsute, or even plain Herniary. The traditional and scientific names are derived from an early belief that the plant was useful for curing hernias. However, the hernias in question were hernias or ruptures of the skin, such as cuts and abrasions, rather than internal hernias.
Tea: Put a teaspoon of rupturewort into a 200ml cup of hot, but not boiled water. If the water has boiled, let it cool off for a few moments and then add your herb. Water at 100° will damage the herbs properties.
Cover it and let it steep for 10 minutes. Strain and drink a cup 2-3 times per day.
Poultice: take a few spoons of the herb, add a few drops of hot water and mix it into a paste. Apply the paste on the painful place on the body, cover it with a gauze or a fabric and let it stay for a few hours. Change the poultice as necessary.
Precaution: This plant should be used with professional guidance. Rupturewort interacts with Lithium and may act as a diuretic, preventing lithium from being excreted properly. This would increase the amount of lithium in the body and doses may need to be adjusted. Please consult with your doctor if you are on this medication. Pregnant and breastfeeding women should not consume or apply rupturewort.
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