|Self Heal: Prunella
Prunella. All Heal. Hook-Heal. Slough Heal. Brunella. (U.S.A; Heart of
the Earth. Blue Curls.)
used: Whole herb, collected when in best condition in
Common throughout the British Isles and Europe. Abundant in pastures
and waste ground. In open and exposed situations the plant is
diminutive, while in more sheltered spots it is larger in all its parts.
actions and uses: atringent, styptic and tonic.
"... there is not a better wound herb in the world", says Gerard,
" than that of Self Heale is... for this very herbe without the mixture
of any other ingredient, being onely bruised and wrought with the point
of a knife upon a trencher or the like, will be brought into the form
a salve which will heal any green wound even in the first intention,
after a very wonderful manner... the decoction of Prunell made with
wine and water doth join together and make whole and sound all wounds,
both inward and outward, even as bugle doth... "