A Cotswold Year - Charting the seasons in the South Cotswolds


Saturday, 2 July 2011

Self Heal

Selfheal is a native British plant which grows both in short grassland where its purple heads appear on short stems, but it also grows in woodlands on longer stems so easily adapts to conditions. It grows in most types of soils except those that are very acidic. We have noticed it doing well this year especially on untreated lawns around here and very pretty it looks too.
Its name is thought to have come from its reputation as a healer of wounds. Selfheal is said to have antiseptic properties and so was historically used to treat cuts and as a mouthwash and gargle for throat infections.

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