Bogbean herb (Menyathes trifoliata)
Botany: A perennial native water plant. The leaves are held above the surface of the water and are divided into 3 obovate leaflets (hence trifoliate) on a long petiole. The flowers are white and are really pretty – they are held in spikes and have five fringed white and pink petals.
Part used: Dried leaves father after flowering.
Habitat, harvesting and cultivation: Native to Asia, America and Europe. It grows in shallow fresh water. It may be propagated from stem cuttings.
History /Folklore/Taste/Energetics: Bitter. Moves stagnation
Constituents: Iriodoid glycosides, Flavonol glycosides, Coumarins, Phenolic acids, Sterols, Triterpenoids, Tannin, Minute amounts of pyrrolizidine alkaloids.
Actions: Alterative, Bitter, Aperitif
• Rheumatism and arthritis
• Improves appetite and digestion
• Abdominal discomfort
• To assist weight gain
• Loss of vitality
• Cold abdomen and extremities
• Intermittent fevers
• Dry flaky skin conditions, including eczema and psoriasis
• Also herpes and shingles
Contraindications: Diarrhoea, dysentery, colitis. Large doses may cause vomiting.
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