Prunella Vulgaris. —It is also called Carpenter's Herb, Hook-heal, and Sickle-wort. Self-heal is a small, low creeping herb, having many small, roundish-pointed leaves, like leaves of wild mints, of a dark green colour, without dents on the edges; from which rise square hairy stalks, a foot high, which spread into branches with small leaves set thereon, up to the tops. The flowers are small, and of a bluish purple; they stand in a kind of short spikes, or heads; the cups of them are often purplish. The roots consist of many fibres downward, and spreading strings. The small stalks, with the leaves creeping on the ground, shoot forth fibres taking hold on the ground, whereby it is made a great tuft in a short time. It is found in woods and fields. It flowers in May.

Herbal Remedies and Medicinal Uses of Self-Heal:

herb is a curative of inward and outward wounds. As a decoction, or syrup, inwardly, and the juice of the roots and leaves alone, or made into an ointment, for external application for bruises and sores. As Self- heal is like Bugle in. form, so also in its

Herbal Remedies and Medicinal Uses of Self-Heal:

If it be accompanied with Bugle, Sanicle, and other wound-herbs, it will be more effectual to wash or inject into ulcers outwardly. Where it is necessary to repress the heat and sharpness of humours flowing to any sores, inflammations, or swellings, or to staunch the flow of blood in any wound, this is used with good success. It is a special remedy for all green wounds, to close and heal them. The juice used with oil of roses to anoint the temples and forehead, cures the head-ache, and the same mixed with honey of roses, cures ulcers in the mouth and throat. And the proverb of the Germans, French, and others, is verified in this, that he needs neither physician nor surgeon who has Self-heal and Sanicle to cure himself.
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This page and the rest of the encyclopedia of medicinal herbs was reproduced from old herbals written in the 1700 and 1800s. They are of historical interest to show the traditional uses of various herbs based on folk medicine and ancient wisdom. However the traditional uses for these herbs have not been confirmed by medical science and in some cases may actually be dangerous. Do not use the these herbs for any use, medicinal or otherwise, without first consulting a qualified doctor.

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