Sweet Woodruff

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Sweet Woodruff


Latin Name: galium odorata, galium odoratum, asperula odorata
Alternative Name: woodruff, woodward, waldmeister, master of the woods, sweet grass
Forms Available: leaf

Sweet Woodruff – galium odorata – The leaf of the sweet woodruff can be eaten raw or cooked. In Germany, in the spring, the leaves are soaked in white wine and drank, as a tonic, to herald the season. Medicinally, this herb is used by the pharmaceutical companies of today in the manufacture of anticoagulant drugs – the plant contains coumarins which prevent blood from clotting. This plant has been used to treat wounds and cuts externally, and it has been used as a digestive tonic, a diuretic and an anti-inflammatory when taken internally.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: Treats wounds and cuts externally. Internally, sweet woodruff is a digestive tonic, a diuretic and an anti-inflammatory. The plant is used by pharmaceutical companies for the coumarins it contains – anticoagulants.


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