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Self-Heal

Family: Lamiaceae

Genus & Species: Prunella vulgaris
Common Names: Heal-all, Woundwort, Heart-of-the-earth, Carpenter’s herb 
Overview: Self-heal is an herb that’s had a reputation as a “cure-all’ since the 16th century and this incredible powerhouse of a medicine is certainly deserving of the title. [1] The herbaceous perennial is native to North America, Europe, and Asia, but has since become naturalized to areas of every continent. [2] For centuries, self-heal has been used to treat an incredible array of conditions: tuberculosis, inflammation, endometriosis, osteoarthritis and even dementia. [1] It’s been found to be particularly effective against viral infections such as the cold and flu because of its ability to stop the virus from binding to cells, which inhibits its replication. [1, 3] 
Therapeutic Properties: Anti-inflammatory, lymphagogue, anti-viral, antibacterial, nootropic, vulnerary, anti-ulcer, stomach and intestinal rejuvenation. [1,3]
Typical Uses: Self-heal is one of those herbs with a great variety of uses. The herb can be eaten fresh, made into a tea, or infused into an oil for topical application. Self-heal has a mildly bitter yet sweet taste, so it makes a fantastic addition to any spring salad,  when its lymph moving properties are particularly helpful. [1] Made into a tea, self-heal serves as a powerful supporting agent for anyone recovering from a cold or the flu. When infused into an oil it can be applied to minor wounds or inflamed areas of the body to take advantage of its antiseptic, skin repairing, and anti-inflammatory properties. [1,3]

References:

1. Self-Heal: Herb of the Week | CommonWealth Center for Holistic Herbalism

2. Prunella vulgaris | CABI

3. Immune Modulatory Effects of Prunella Vulgaris L | PubMed Central®

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