(Medicinal Herbs) Restharrow

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

(Medicinal Herbs)  Restharrow


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

Scientific Names

Ononis spinosa L. Leguminaceae Pea family

Common Names

Petty whin
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Parts Usually Used

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Description of Plant(s) and Culture

Restharrow is a shrubby perennial plant; the plant’s deep, sinuous roots produce spiny, much-branched stems which are woody at the base and which grow from 1 to 2 feet high. The alternate leaves are simple near the top and pinnate near the bottom, with 3 serrate, oblong leaflets. The rose-colored or white, papilionaceous (butterfly-shaped) flowers grow singly or in twos and threes in the leaf axils from June to August. The fruit is an ovate, hairy pod.
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Where Found

It is fairly common in dry meadows, pastures, fallow land, and limestone soils in Europe and sometimes cultivated as a garden plant in the United States.
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Medicinal Properties

Aperient, diuretic, expectorant, metabolic stimulant, sedative
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Known primarily for its diuretic properties, which are effective but act without negative side-effects. Good for edema and water retention, especially uric acid retention and are thus susceptible to gravel and stones. Recommended for urinary catarrh, kidney inflammations, and rheumatism. A decoction of the roots can be used externally for eczema, itching, and other skin problems.
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Formulas or Dosages

Infusion: steep 3 to 4 tbsp. roots in 1 cup hot water for 5 minutes while stirring. Take 1 to 1 1/2 cups per day, warm.

Decoction: soak 2 tsp. roots in 1/2 cup cold water for 8 hours, then bring rapidly to a boil.
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Nutrient Content

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

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

, by Dr. H.C.A. Vogel; Keats Publishing, Inc., 27 Pine Street (Box 876) New Canaan, CT. 06840-0876. Copyright Verlag A. Vogel, Teufen (AR) Switzerland 1952, 1991

, 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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