Melilot tea can be used for treatment of mild symptoms. Two teaspoons of the finely chopped herb to a small pot, steeped for ten minutes. One cup two or three times a day.
Do not use if taking blood thinning medication such as warfarin and aspirin.
Part used: Flowering aerial parts, dried carefully
Habitat: Melilot is commonly found in woods and meadows, and is a member of the pea family (fabiaceae). It has small yellow flowers with a pleasant sweetish smell. Upon drying melilot develops a coumarin-like odour, reminiscent of haystacks in the late summer.
Folklore and History:
Constituents: The main characteristic constituents are coumarin derivatives such as melilotiside. It should be noted that if melilot is allowed to decay before drying the coumarins can convert to dicoumarol, which is a potent anticoagulent (warfarin). Properly dried melilot does not contain any dicoumarol.
Actions: Carminative, spasmolytic
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