(Herbs Wiki) Fumitory

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

(Herbs Wiki) Fumitory


Common Names | Parts Usually Used | Plant(s) & Culture | Where Found | Medicinal Properties | Biochemical Information
Legends, Myths and Stories | Uses | Formulas or Dosages | Bibliography

Scientific Names

Fumaria officinalis L. Fumariaceae Fumitory family

Common Names

Earth smoke
Hedge fumitory
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Parts Usually Used

Flowering herb
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Description of Plant(s) and Culture

Fumitory is an annual, slender, climbing plant; the sub-erect, hollow stem is angular, smooth, and bluish or smoky-green colored. The leaves are frail, alternate, gray-green, and bipinnate or tripinnate with small, narrow divisions. The small flowers vary from reddish-purple to yellowish-white, and have a reddish-black spot at the tip, grow in loose racemes from May to September.
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Where Found

Grows practically everywhere on earth, mostly around areas where other plants are cultivated. Fumitory is native to Europe.
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Medicinal Properties

Alterative, cholagogue, diuretic, laxative, stomachic, bitter tonic
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Biochemical Information

Fumarine and other alkaloids, fumaric acid, bitter principles, resin, mucilage
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Legends, Myths and Stories

According to the Webster’s Dictionary the classification of fumitory is of the fumitory family. But some references claim it belongs to the poppy family or Papaveraceae.Fumitory was mentioned by Pliny, the Roman writer (AD 23-79) and by Dioscorides, a Greek physician (first century AD). One of fumitory’s common German names once was scabweed.
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Fumitory is primarily used internally for liver and gallbladder problems, scabies, jaundice, and other skin problems, dermatitis, stomach disorders, cures nausea, vomiting, and exanthema. Larger doses act as a laxative and diuretic, but excessive doses can cause diarrhea and stomachache. For chronic constipation, use fumitory in combination with other appropriate herbs. Taken as a blood purifier. As Culpeper states it: it clarifies “the blood from saltish, choleric, and adust humours; which cause leprosy, scabs, tetters, and itches; and such like breakings-out of the skin, and after the purgings doth strengthen all the inward parts”. He also thought it protected against the plague and pestilence.

Culpeper states, “The juice of the fumitory and docks mingled therewith, cures all sorts of scabs, pimples, blotches, wheals, and pushes which arise on the face or hands, or any other parts of the body”.
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Formulas or Dosages

Use the dried herb.

Infusion: steep 1 heaping tsp. herb in 1 cup water. Take cold, a wineglassful at a time, every 4 hours.

Cold extract: use 1 tsp. herb with 1/2 cup cold water. Let stand for 8-10 hours. Take 1/2 to 1 cup per day.

Tincture: take 1/2 to 1 tsp. at a time.
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, by Clarence Meyer, Meyerbooks, publisher, PO Box 427, Glenwood, Illinois 60425, 1973

, by Penelope Ody, Dorling Kindersley, Inc, 232 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10016, First American Edition, copyright 1993

, by Nicholas Culpeper, Meyerbooks, publisher, PO Box 427, Glenwood, Illinois 60425, 1990, (reprint of 1814)

, by Mannfried Pahlow, Barron's Educational Series, Inc. 250 Wireless Blvd., Hauppauge, NY 11788, 1992

, by Clarence Meyer, Meyerbooks, publisher, PO Box 427, Glenwood, Illinois 60425, copyright 1988, fifth printing, 1994

, by John Lust, Bantam Books, 666 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY. copyright 1974.

Herbal Gardening, compiled by The Robison York State Herb Garden, Cornell Plantations, Matthaei Botanical Gardens of the University of Michigan, University of California Botanical Garden, Berkeley., Pantheon Books, Knopf Publishing Group, New York, 1994, first edition

, by David Conway, published by Jonathan Cape, Thirty Bedford Square, London, England. (Out of print)

, by Michael Tierra, C.A., N.D., O.M.D., Lotus Press, PO Box 325, Twin Lakes. WI 53181., Copyright 1988, published 1992

, Third College Edition, Victoria Neufeldt, Editor in Chief, New World Dictionaries: A Division of Simon & Schuster, Inc., 15 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10023, 1984

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