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Bogbean (Menyathes trifoliata)

Bogbean herb (Menyathes trifoliata)

Menyathes trifoliata

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Menyanthes trifoliata

Common name: Bogbean, Buckbean, Marsh Trefoil.

Family: Menyanthaceae

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

Traditional and current uses

• Rheumatism and arthritis

• Improves appetite and digestion

• Abdominal discomfort

• To assist weight gain

• Loss of vitality

• Bronchitis

• Piles

• 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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