Sweet Woodruff – Some important Benefits of Sweet Woodruff herb
Sweet woodruff is a little plant which grows in woods and in shady areas. Sweet woodruff has various benefits. In ancient times, the herb was harvested and used for culinary and medicinal purposes. The fresh leaves are used to heal wounds. It has an aromatic quality.
The botanical name for sweet woodruff is Galium odoratum and it belongs to the family Rubiaceae. The plant grows well in shade and spreads to form a mat and it can be an invasive plant. The herb when dried gives sweet fragrance and its aroma can last for years. The herb is considered calmative, diaphoretic and a diuretic. The herb soothes the stomach and is a tonic for heart and liver. This small aromatic herb is mostly liked by Germans, who have given various names to it, such as Herfreund, Magerkraut and Waldmeister.
Sweet Woodruff Herb Uses
Some of the important uses of sweet woodruff are as follows –
Cuts and wounds
Fresh leaves of the herb contains healing effect. Hence, paste of fresh leaves are applied over bruises and wounds. A strong decoction of fresh leaves is used as a stomachic and cordial.
The herb is useful for removing biliary disturbances in liver.
The herb is effective in the treatment of jaundice.
It is also recommended in the cure of bladder stones.
- The herb acts as an anodyne (which relieves pain) for neuralgia (pain in one or more nerves) and migraine.
- It is also a calmative herb in depression, restlessness, hysteria and insomnia.
The herb also relieves following medical conditions –
- Improves appetite
- Stomach pain
- Regulates heart activity
Other Uses of Sweet Woodruff
Sweet woodruff is used in potpourris and wreaths as the herb’s fragrance intensity increases when it is dried. It has a refreshing aroma of new-mown hay.
Cooling the air
During summers. the herb was being suspended in homes to cool the hot air and freshen the air.
The herb is used in various Swiss candies to give a flavour.
- The herb was also used as a mattress stuffer.
Sweet woodruff should not be taken in large amounts, as it can produce poisoning symptoms, including vomiting and dizziness.