Woodruff has many curative properties and acts as antispasmodic, diaphoretic, diuretic and sedative. It can also cure cardiac problems and is used in Homeopathy. It is used as tonic, diuretic and ant-inflammatory diseases. The infusion is used for the treatment of sleeping disorders, nervous problems, liver problems and jaundice.
The botanical name of this plant is Galium odoratum. The other common names of this plant are sweet woodruff, kiss-me-quick, mugwet, rockweed, sweet grass, hay plant, wild baby’s breath and master of the woods. This plant is native to Europe and other parts of the world. It is found naturally in Spain, Ireland, Russia, Western Siberia, Turkey, Iran, the Caucasus, China and Japan.
The dried plant is used in pot-pourri and as a moth repellent. The flavor is used May wine which is a famous wine in the country of Germany. Germans also use the flavor in brandy, beer, juice, jam, jelly, syrup for beer, soft drink, ice cream and herbal tea. Germans use woodruff to flavor a sherbet powder. The flowers of this plant have both male and female organs. It flowers during the months of May to July and the seeds ripen from Jul to August. The flowers are pollinated by flies, bees and self and are self-fertile. It grows well in light, medium and heavy soils and can also grow in acidic and very alkaline soils. It can grow fantastically in full shade or semi-shade. It prefers dry or moist soil and can tolerate atmospheric pollution.
Put a teaspoon of woodruff into a 200ml cup of boiled water. Cover it and let it brew for 10 minutes. Strain and drink a cup 2-3 times per day.
Sweet woodruff is a contains anthraquinone and its derivatives thus larvicidal, anti-oxidizing, anti-fungal, anti-microbial and anti-viral in nature. Researchers agree that sweet woodruff can be used for treating several diseases and disorders such as; heart irregularities, kidney problem, varicose veins, indigestion, swelling, liver disorder, migraine, uterine cramps, insomnia and menopausal problems. It can also be taken for the preventing and curing lung infections and gallbladder disorders. Sweet woodruff can also be taken to strengthen weak veins as well as to enhance normal blood circulation.
Due to the aromatic smell of the sweet woodruff, this flowers and leaves are used as fragrance for homes, offices etc. Besides, sweet woodruff can be added to medicines to boost their taste and flavor.
The sweet woodruff can be dried and stored in clothing, linens and bedding in order to wade off insects and moths. It is a perfect fragrance for making perfumes.
Sweet woodruff is used for sweetening food, juice, jam, wines, beers, jelly, soft drinks, tea and ice cream etc. It can also be used as a food colorant.
Squeezed sweet woodruff leaves contain tannin thus can be pressed on bruises, wounds and cuts to stop bleeding and for faster healing.
Studies reveal that the sweet woodruff anti-arthritic in nature thus has the capability of preventing and relieving arthritic symptoms.
Sweet woodruff is a bactericide that can act as a disinfectant and antiseptic thus capable of killing bacteria and inhibiting the growth of microorganism.
Dried leaves of sweet woodruff can be used for preparing herbal tea and decoctions that can act as a tranquilizer. However, it is noteworthy that taking this in large quantity can lead to vomiting and dizziness.
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