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Myrica gale  L.

   

Botanical Name

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Myrica gale L.

English Name

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Sweet gale, Bayberry, Bog Myrtle, English Bog Myrtle, Dutch Myrtle, Meadow-fern

Synonym(s)

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Gale palustris (Lam.)Chev., Myrica palustris Lam., Myrica tomentosa (C. DC.) Asch. & Graebn.

Family

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Myricaceae

 

General Info

Description

A deciduous shrub growing to 1-2 m tall. The leaves are spirally arranged, simple, 2-5 cm long, oblanceolate with a tapered base and broader tip, and a crinkled or finely toothed margin. The flowers are catkins, with male and female catkins on separate plants (dioecious). The fruit is a small drupe.

Herb Effects

Abortifacient, aromatic, astringent, emmenagogue and stomachic (leaves); antioxidant, antiviral, astringent, bactericide, diuretic, emetic, errhine, expectorant, fungicide, hepatoprotective, insecticide, insecticide, narcotic, sedative, sialagogue, stimulant, stomachic, toxic and vermifuge (plant)

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Medicinal Use

The plant has been used as a traditional remedy for stomach aches, fever, bronchial ailments and liver problems. It has also been indicated in treating alopecia, boils, anal cancer, liver cancer, splenic cancer, cholera, colic, condyloma, diarrhea, dermatosis, dysentery, dyspepsia, epistaxis, flu, gonorrhea,headache, herpes, hysteria, insomnia, itch, metrorrhagia, nervousness, sclerosis, scrofula, sores, sore throat, splenosis, swellings, toothache, typhoid, warts, water retention. The essential oil is used for treating sensitive skin and acne.

Reference

James A Duke and Maryl Fulton. Handbook of Medicinal Herbs - 2nd Edition, P: 712, CRC Press July 2002.

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