Sweet woodruff is a bactericide that can act as a disinfectant and antiseptic thus capable of killing bacteria and inhibiting the growth of microorganism. Sweet woodruff contains anthraquinone and its derivatives thus it is larvicidal, anti-oxidizing, anti-fungal, anti-microbial and anti-viral. This means it is an excellent product to use for indigestion, any kind of painful stomach, swelling and all kinds of infection - lung and respiratory infections, kidney and bladder etc.
Researchers agree that sweet woodruff can be used for treating several diseases and disorders such as heart irregularities, varicose veins, strengthening the weak veins, enhancing the normal blood circulation and generally aiding in cardiovascular health.
This amazing plant is very helpful with painful uterine cramps during menstruation, as well as menopausal problems.
Woodruff is excellent at purification of the body, by helping your liver and gallbladder function properly and thus aiding your whole body to process and expel the waste.
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.
Due to the aromatic smell of the sweet woodruff, this flowers and leaves are used as fragrance for homes, offices etc. Sweet woodruff can be added to medicines to boost their taste and flavor. It 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.
Dried leaves of sweet woodruff can be used for preparing herbal tea and decoctions that can act as a tranquilizer, help with insomnia and headaches. However, it is noteworthy that taking this in large quantity can lead to vomiting and dizziness.
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 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. It is used as flavoring for May wine which is a famous German wine. Germans also use the flavor in brandy, beer, juice, jam, jelly, syrup for beer, soft drink, ice cream, herbal tea and 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.
Woodruff Tincture 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.
Put a teaspoon of woodruff into a 200ml cup of boiled water. Cover it and let it steep for 10 minutes. Strain and drink a cup 2-3 times per day.
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