Daily adult dose unless otherwise prescribed: 1-3 tsp per mug of boiling water, infuse covered for 10 minutes, drink up to 3 times a day
Figwort is in the scrophulariaceae family, same as foxglove, and contains some mild cardiac glycosides which may potentiate heart medications, so it should be avoided if on heart medication, unless under the supervision of a professional herbalist.
Part used: Flowering stems and leaves
Description and Habitat: Figwort is a perennial rhizomatous plant native to temperate regions of Eurasia, it dies back in winter and grows to 60cm high, preferring damp semi-shaded positions.
Constituents: Flavonoids, iridoid glycosides, small amounts of cardioactive gycosides, phenolic acids, saponins.
Actions: Dermatological agent, diuretic, depurative, cardiostimulant
The main traditional use for figwort is dermatological, where its action on the liver is regarded as useful for treating skin conditions. It is used as a poultice for treating wounds, burns, ulcers, and haemorrhoids, and the tincture or tea taken internally for chronic skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis or puritus.
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