Self Heal On The Path

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Also known as Hook Heal, Sickly Wort, Carpenter's Herb and is a native British plant.

{#logo}  BELONGS to the Mint Family of plants

  LOOKS LIKE - Bright green, stalked, oval leaves in opposite pairs topped by bright purple flowers. Grows up to 12 inches (30cm). Usually found in short grass where creeping stems spread the plant over a wide area so the flowers carpet the ground along dry grassy banks.

  HAS FLOWERS FROM June to September.

{#logo}  CAN BE SPOTTED - in grassland, waste ground and open spaces in woods throughout Britain, Europe and Worldwide.

  STORY - The old belief that plants have outward signs of it's value to mankind led to this plant being used as a healer of wounds.

  POLLINATORS - The flowers are generally pollinated by bees.

  NAMES - Wounds in medieval farming were mainly caused by billhooks and sickles and as the flower has a hook shape on the lip of the flower, 'hook heal' became a name used. It's botanical name 'Prunella' was German for a sore throat.

  USES FROM THE PAST - The ancient Greek physician, Dioscorides, used it to cure inflammation of the throat and tonsils. It was widely used as a healer of wounds and was made into a syrup for internal injuries.

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