(Herbs Wiki) Cowslip

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Cowslip Scientific Names and Common Names,Cowslip Biochemical Information,Uses,Warning,Where Found,Parts Usually Used,Cowslip Description of Plant(s) and Culture,Medicinal Properties.

(Herbs Wiki) Cowslip


Common Names | Parts Usually Used | Plant(s) & Culture | Where Found | Medicinal Properties | Biochemical Information
Uses | Formulas or Dosages | Nutrient Content | Warning | Bibliography

Scientific Names

Caltha palustris L. Primula officinalis L. Marigold family

Common Names

American cowslip
Marsh marigold
Meadow bouts
Water dragon
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Parts Usually Used

Root, leaves
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Description of Plant(s) and Culture

Cowslip is a perennial plant; the succulent, hollow,furrowed, glabrous stem grows 1 or 2 feet high and bears one or more kidney-shaped, dark green, shiny, crenate leaves. Bright yellow 5-9 sepals make up for the lack of petals in the flowers which grow in cymose clusters in April and May.

Also called cowslip, there are a number of herbs with this common name: Primula veris; Primula vulgaris
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Where Found

Found in marshes, wet ditches, along streambanks and pond edges in the northeastern United States and in Europe.
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Medicinal Properties

Anodyne, antispasmodic, diaphoretic, diuretic, expectorant, rubefacient
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Biochemical Information

Anemonin, protoanemonin (both with marginal antitumor activity)
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Used like the pasqueflower, but weaker. Sometimes eaten in springtime as greens or pot-herbs. Root tea induces sweating, emetic, and expectorant. Leaf tea is diuretic, laxative. Ojibways mixed tea with maple sugar to make a cough syrup that was popular with colonists. The syrup of the leaves was used as a folk antidote to snake venom.
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Formulas or Dosages

Cowslip contains irritant acrid elements. Use only after cooking or drying.
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Nutrient Content

Vitamin A
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All parts may irritate and blister the skin or mucous membranes. Sniffing bruised stems induces sneezing. Intoxicaiton has resulted from the use of the raw leaves in salads or using the raw flower buds as substitutes for capers. Do no confuse with American White or False Hellebore (Veratrum viride), which is toxic.

Use for medicinal purposes with medical supervision only.
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