See more ideas about self healing, healing, plants. It has been used medicinally for centuries. Refer to the plant label to check a plant’s specific requirements. Prunella plants can grow in both sunny and partially shaded areas of the garden. When I find self heal growing wild, I often find it growing with other skin-friendly herbs like oxeye and shasta daisies, mullein, and St. John’s wort. I like to keep a plain self heal salve in my herbal first aid kit. Aug 19, 2017 - Explore Melanie Martin's board "Self Heal", followed by 274 people on Pinterest. Donations towards my research are gratefully received. Pesto, Herbal Vinegar, Wild Salt & Pepper, Onion weed, Three cornered leek or Three cornered garlic, Mugwort – Magical Plant of Moon Goddess Artemisia, Oat& Flower petal slice using the abundant spring flowers, Prunella comes from either the Latin meaning purple as in the flower colour or from German where Prunella means quinsy, which means to cure, a perennial plant that has no smell, even though interestingly it is in the lavender/mint family, the tubular violet flowers form compact, cylindrical heads at the tops of the square stems (one of the features of the lavender family), the bluish-purple flowers, hooded and lipped observed closely are covered in hairs, in winter the plant is compact and low growing, the leaves are oval and in opposite pairs, often with a reddish/purple tinge, which the stem can have too, the lower leaves have stalks and the upper leaves near the flowers are stalkless, Self heal has a creeping, mat forming habit and likes to grow indamp lawns, damp lime deficient pastures, forest margins and clearings, Self heal is one of the great unsung healers of the world, according to Susun Weed. Please consult your medical team prior to using herbs or herbal products. It’s similar to tea but has a thick texture that allows you to feel the taste of each of its ingredients. An infusion may be made by boiling 600mls of water, adding 30 grams of self heal and letting it steep. Native to Eurasia, this herb is at home in much of North America and is hardy at least in zones 4 through 9. AromaCulture Magazine is filled with educational articles, case studies and recipes written by practicing herbalists and certified aromatherapists. Mix together three ounces of self heal water and plantain water...a small piece of cloth dipped in self heal water and repeatedly laid warm upon the affected place until it dries will prove exceedingly beneficial against all inflammations of the privates in both men and women. Make a strong infusion, and drink 1 to 3 cups a day. The regular intake of Self-heal assists the immune health and lowers the infections of upper respiration. ), Once your infused oil is ready, prepare a double boiler and begin to melt your beeswax over low heat. P. vulgaris, commonly known as self-heal, is a herbaceous perennial considered to be native to Europe, Eurasia and America but now with a large geographical range across all continents.It was introduced to many countries (and islands) in the 1800s and since then has been recorded as invasive on many Pacific islands, as well as New Zealand (). In fact, the plant has virtually no odor. Follow the label instructions on other products. Habitat. Leave me a comment below to share. How to Make and Work with Rosemary Oil in Your Apothecary, how to know if information about herbs or essential oils is accurate, AromaCulture’s herbalism + aromatherapy magazine, 6 ounces of sunflower seed oil double- or triple-infused with self heal leaves and flowers (, 1 ounce of beeswax (use 1.5 to 2 ounces if you want a harder salve –. of self heal tincture may be administered three times daily. Thank you for writing and for your questions. Cover the jar. Self Heal Salve. Add the selfheal and rosemary. The leaves and pretty violet flowers can be added to salads, pestos (see recipe below) and even better added to your smoothies. I’d love to hear how you like to work with it. To use your salve, massage it into the skin when you’re dealing with skin irritation, inflammation, or minor wounds. Most are native to Europe, Asia, and North Africa, but Prunella vulgaris (the Common Self-heal) is Holarctic in distribution, occurring in North America as well, and is a common lawn weed.Prunellas are low-growing plants, and thrive in moist wasteland and grass, spreading rapidly to cover the ground. Thank you. The alternate name for this herb in English says it all: ‘self-heal’ or ‘heal-all’. =). Learn how to turn edible weeds into delicious, nutritious food! I consider self-heal to be one of the key herbs everyone should know. In fact, the entire plant, which is edible, can be used both internally and externally to treat a number of health complaints and wounds. Pour the salve into sanitized tins or jars and leave them alone until they’ve set up into a solid. It tends to stay low to the ground to avoid mowing, and attracts bees and butterflies when flowering. It has lovely tubular flowers on compact, cylindrical heads at the top of the stem. Self Heal salve is a nourishing drink prepared with this herb. If you pinch the center stems, you can encourage the plant to grow lush and bushy the same way you would pinch a basil plant (also a relative) to encourage more growth. You may be able to find self heal growing in your lawn, in the grass at an unsprayed park, or along the ground near the forest’s edge. You are responsible for your own health and for your own use of plants and plant products. Many animals and plants regenerate tissues or even whole organs after injury. Strain, bottle and label. Because it’s a mint family plant, you’ll usually find it in patches as it spreads happily about. Copyright © 2016 – 2020 Jon and Erin Stewart, Floranella. Prunella vulgaris plant is commonly known as the self heal herb. Teresa, Hi Teresa, Really awesome to hear from you and to know that we have many weeds in common. It is true they have gone all over the world and so many are universal. This is my second year doing so. (I have more information about making salves in this article.). Self-heal cures sore throats such as quinsy which is the result of abscess tonsils. After it looks like a liquid instead of a solid, turn off the heat and slowly stir in your self heal-infused oil. I love it and want to share more about it along with a delicious pesto recipe I whipped up. I made a serum of some nice oils infused with self heal and I use that on my face every morning, because it has sun protective qualities. Read this guide to using self heal to learn more about the benefits this herb has to offer. Ideally water should only be applied to the root zone - an area roughly 6-12” (15-30cm) from the base of the plant, not the entire plant. Self heal Pesto Recipe About Common Self Heal Plant. The Self-Heal holds an equal place with Bugle in the esteem of herbalists. Stir to mix. After reading your blog I’m going to infuse some into oil (double or even triple!) Self Heal – Prunella vulgaris This is a gorgeous little plant flowering profusely now in January, in full sun or shade. Alternatively you can roll or knead the leaves between your fingers or steep the leaves in a small amount of hot water (allowing to cool before applying) instead of chopping. 4. Self Heal Limited. Summary of Invasiveness Top of page. It’s related to many of our favorite aromatic plants, including peppermint, lavender, and culinary herbs like oregano and thyme, but unlike these other plants, it has no scent. Self-heal, a member of the mint family, looks much like a mint but lacks a minty or other aromatic fragrance. Prunella comes from either the Latin meaning purple as in the flower colour or from […] Self-heal tea is quite light in ingredients, but you’re allowed to improve its taste with any herb of your choice provided you use the required dosage. bunch of galensoga (left in photo) bunch of self heal (right in photo), 2 cloves garlic 6 ounces of sunflower seed oil double- or triple-infused with self heal leaves and flowers ( learn how … Contains organic ingredients certified to NSF/ANSI 305 standards by Oregon Tilth, Inc. USA. Self heal also combines well with cultivated calendula, chamomile, lavender and rose in topical use products for the skin. Self-Heal Creme™ is made with the flower essence and whole plant tincture of the remarkable Self-Heal herb, Prunella vulgaris, and is a paraben-free formula with organic and Biodynamic® herbal ingredients. Erin Stewart is an herbalist, NAHA certified aromatherapist, organic gardener and urban homesteader. Visit for more information. (Adapted from Dr Libby’s Real Food Kitchen), Hi Julia, She grows over 150 kinds of aromatic and medicinal plants for her own apothecary and distills essential oils and hydrosols in her PNW garden. Self Heal – Prunella vulgaris This is a gorgeous little plant flowering profusely now in January, in full sun or shade. I’m amazed at how many weeds we have in common! All rights reserved. Having a bitter, acrid flavor, it also is used to address eyeball pain and tearing of the eyes as well as aversion to light. I eat self heal all year, not every day but every few days as part of the diversity of my diet. HI Verena, are you wanting to take it for something specific I wonder? ---Description---It may at once be distinguished from other members of the greatLabiate order because on the top of its flowering stalks, the flowers - to quote Culpepper - are 'thicke set together like an eare or spiky knap. Good luck! Turn on the heat until the oil is warm to the touch. I prefer to double or triple infuse my herbal oils when I make them because the end result is much stronger and more effective than a single-infused oil or salve. Once set, you can add labels to your containers and store the salve in a cool, dry place. Another site to check it on is Plants for a future – that has something like 7000 plants on it. Overview Information Self-heal is an herb. Have you ever worked with self heal? Leave for 8 hours but stir every 2 hours or so. Several species were regarded in medieval times as cure-alls and are still used in herbal medicine. 'No other plant is at all like it. Thanks HERB SELF HEAL 75mm Pot NEW! It likes to grow at the base of mature conifer trees there. (Learn all about how to make herb-infused oils here. Self heal is a valuable vulnerary herb, which means that it can help to soothe and restore the skin when it’s irritated, inflamed, or compromised. A poultice may be made from the whole plant and placed on wounds to promote self healing. Adjust the seasoning and add a small amount of water or more lemon juice if it should be too thick. After you’ve harvested and dried your self heal, you can infuse it into your carrier oil of choice. You can choose olive oil or sunflower oil, as you prefer. You’ll rarely find self heal growing alone as a single plant. Preparation As A Tea: Self-heal is used as a tea, in tinctures, and as an extract in capsules and tablet form. Steep the tea for an hour. Some plants prefer staying on the dry side, others, like to be consistently moist. They are members of the mint family and have the square stem common to mints. I flower in about 8 weeks & grow up to 14". It can also be used the same way we use plantain (Plantago spp.) All content is for educational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice, nor does it replace medical treatment. I even make beautiful cut-flowers! For the tincture, use 1 to 2 droppers full in warm water or tea two to four times daily. If you find it growing in a place where the grass is kept short or in a wild area where you don’t get much summer rain, this pretty little plant will be just a few inches tall, but if growing in good soil and allowed to grow as it pleases, it can grow to about 18-24″ tall. Thank you for your informative post. Self heal, sometimes called all-heal or heal-all, is a Lamiaceae family plant. Ok Self heal should have square stems as it is in the mint/lavender family and it doesn’t smell. 3T lemon juice 1/4 inch deep 6 - 8 inches apart Full - partial sunlight I BLOOM: I have gorgeous green leaves with intense purple flowerheads. Continue to stir until well combined, then add your calendula CO2 extract and your essential oils. Good luck and enjoy your weeds as I do ours!! Ideally they should grow in a soil of pH 6 to 7.5. It’s lightweight and doesn’t leave my skin feeling greasy the way some of the heavier oils do. Thank you so much for your wonderful feedback about the video and my website – I so appreciate you taking the time to do it. How much selfheal should I take daily and over what period of time? The herb itself should not be boiled, Alternatively, one or two ml. I’ve listed sunflower seed oil as the carrier oil ingredient here because I like the way it feels on my skin. I live in the United States between Seattle WA and the Canadian boarder. It’s such an easy plant to grow and the bees love it. Self heal is a wonderful plant. I love your website, videos and that you too love weeds! Try that or google it and you’ll get it. Self-heal is a useful, tenacious and edible plant that loves lawns. If you don’t have access to mullein flowers, daisies, or St. John’s wort, you can also make a self heal salve like the one in the recipe below. The parts that grow above the ground are used to make medicine. Learn more about the physical characteristics of self-heal plants. It was once used to cure a … The plant’s most common use is for the treatment of cold sores. I’m Self Heal (Prunella Vulgaris) ABOUT ME: Respected Native American folk remedy for sore throats and general immune boosting PLANT ME: 68F. 1/2 cup cashew nuts 1/2 tsp salt New issues are published each month and issues are available individually or via subscription. I love it and want to share more about it along with a delicious pesto recipe I whipped up. Sow the seeds of Self Heal and other Prunella members outside at the start of spring before the last frost. You’d be surprised how often we use it throughout the year! Self heal leaves and flower heads can be gathered throughout the summer. I include it in herbal blends to drink during the winter, to stay healthy when those viruses abound! and make a salve. :), Hi Julia How to Grow Self Heal and Other Prunella Species. My concern is, is there a look alike? Finely chop self heal leaves until the mucilaginous content starts to be released from them (when the leaves begin to feel damp). A delightfully tough ground cover, Self Heal (Prunella vulgaris ) thrives in a moist soil and produces a dense mat with pretty purple flowers in Summer.. Also known as Woundwort, all parts of this plant are edible. One or two teaspoonfuls of crushed and dry self heal herb can be added to one cup of boiling water and allowed to stand for 10 minutes for proper infusion. Thanks for the tip about pinching the center stems. For over 40 years Self Heal has been sourcing the best European herbs to make our original Swedish Bitters and hand-picking, cutting and powderising the finest wild-crafted New Zealand native herbs for our original Bush Bitters and native herbal powders, extracts and tinctures. For those growing self-heal plants in the garden that wish to make their own tea, here is the basic recipe: Place 1 to 2 spoonfuls of dried self-heal leaves into a cup of hot water. The hot tea made from Self heal soothes the dry, irritated and scratchy throat. She says the leaves and flowers contain more antioxidants (rosmarinic acid), which helps prevent heart disease and cancer than any other plant tested, Self heal has antiviral properties and can also be used in liver, gall bladder and thyroid problems, it can also increase circulation to the head for ‘hot’ conditions in the throat, lymph glands, tonsils and eye problems, conjunctivitis, eye tiredness & strain, headaches, Self heal contains minerals, including calcium, making this plant especially important for pregnant, nursing, menopausal and post-menopausal women. It is recommended to drink a small glass as a general strength tonic and as a gargle for sore throats. As the name suggests, it was once a sought-after medicinal herb by herbalists and country folk alike. I have what I am almost 100% positive is Self Heal creeping all over my lawn. Self-heal is a beautiful herb that grows well in many locations. This is my first time growing self heal so I appreciate you sharing this post. Erin is the founder of Floranella and of AromaCulture’s herbalism + aromatherapy magazine. 1/4 tsp pepper optional, Smash up the garlic & cashews in a food processor or blender add the rest of the ingredients and process until well combined. Because of this, I like to make a seasonal skin-healing salve with these four flowers in the summertime. The young leaves and stems can be eaten raw in salads, and the whole plant can be used as a potherb and can be added to stews and soups. It likes to grow in lawns we have it in our lawn. They combine very well together in topical applications. Thanks for your help with my question. During its peak season, I can harvest at least once a week if I keep pinching back new center stems. 3T olive oil Different plants have different water needs. Self-heal, genus of 13 species of low-growing perennial plants in the mint family, native to Eurasia and North America. Verena. I respect your privacy and take protecting it very seriously. Check each day or two that all plant material is submerged. I worry about this when harvesting something new. Home | Contact | Site Map | Privacy | Disclaimer | Terms of Use | Disclosure, (Burgess, I., Weeds Heal:A working Herbal), Adapted from Dr Libby’s Real Food Kitchen). At some stage, usually around two to three weeks, the colour will have drawn from the plant material. as a poultice to help draw splinters out of the skin. Prunella (Chinese pinyin name: xia ku cao) is used classically in traditional Chinese medicine to help the Liver function more smoothly and to break up masses and lumps. The seeds should be lightly coved once sown. It’s identical to your pictures, but it makes me nervous not knowing. Otherwise one can eat one or two sprigs every day in a smoothie or salad, or make a tea of a few leaves. As the season progresses, each harvest grows larger because the pinching causes the plant to make two new flower heads in the place of each flower head I harvest. It’s a great addition to herb gardens and herbal homesteads everywhere. Measure out the grapeseed and argan oil and place into a double boiler, or into a Pyrex measuring cup that fits into a pan of water. Self-heal possess polysaccharides which balances the immune system. I wild harvest self-heal from my neighbor’s property. Apply self-heal oil externally to cuts, scrapes, bruises, sores and swellings. Drink two or three cups of self-heal tea per day.