Biennial plant fromAsia and D'Europe, the broth-white is characterized by a rod, straight and cottony, the size of which varies between 1 and 2 meters; a taproot and this large serrated leaves oval in shape covered with whitish woolly hairs.
As for his flowers, colored golden yellow, they are large and composed of 5 petals erect in groups and in cymes along the stem.
This plant with leaves up to fifty centimeters long, grows on Bank and, in near.
Besides these characteristics testifying to the beauty of this plant, what are its benefits and virtues so vaunted in medicine ? What does he heal? How to go about getting the most out of it therapeutic benefit ?
White broth: for the record
Belonging to the Scrophulariaceae family, the white broth or Bouillon-blanc is a vernacular name which draws its etymology the word Gallic « bugillo ».
Also called large candlestick flower, bouillon-blanc mullein, Saint-Cloud's ear, Notre-Dame candle, wolf tail, mullein, or even Saint Fiacre grass, this plant was considered "magical "Because since ancient times it has been used to ward off bad luck.
Then his medicinal virtues were brought to light by Dioscorides (Greek botanist) thanks to his roots exploited to treat lung diseases.
A little later, at 11th century, the flowers and the leaves of the Notre-Dame candle were used by Saint Hildegard as part of the treatment ofalteration of the voice due to viral infection.
At Middle Ages, it is the extraction of juices white broth to treat hemorrhoids and the drop which were back on the agenda.
Much later, that is to say at 18th century, we saw appear in the Dictionary of Trévoux, the word "bouillon-blanc" whose virtues therapeutic were mentioned to treat stomach aches foundation diseases, those of the chest and even the dysentery.
Until recently, researchers and scientists have proved that the large candlestick flower containing certain components includingglycyrrhizin acid and, anti-inflammatory properties, which would have an effect antibacterial and especially anti tumor.
In North America, for example, the natives smoked the leaves of white broth to treat lung diseases.
White broth: properties and active ingredients
In herbal medicine, it is the leaves and flowers of the wolf tail that are used.
Fragile, the flowers of the Saint Fiacre herb must be harvested by hand.
> Medicinal properties of white broth:
Although not having been the subject of in-depth research, it should be noted that properties broth-blanc are multiple and make it a highly respected remedy in herbal medicine.
True anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, analgesic, healing, cough suppressant, antibacterial and soothing for irritated respiratory tissue, white broth is a medicinal plant sheathing and expectorant.
This plant is used internally and externally.
> Active ingredients of white broth:
As active ingredients, white broth contains iridoids, flavonic glycosides, mucilage, essential oil, harpagosides and saponosides.
White broth: uses, virtues and health benefits
Plant substances (or mucilages) white broth are emollients and softeners natural whose specificity is to "transform the sugars into a kind of protective gel". As to saponins it contains, they are known to be expectorants. These 2 cumulative active ingredients make this virtuous plant, a remedy very effective against some affections of respiratory tracts namely, laryngitis and tracheitis, cough.
Indeed, the herb Saint Fiacre favors theexpectoration while protecting the mucous membranes.
As to iridoids and his analgesic properties, antispasmodics and anti-inflammatory, this medicinal plant is recommended to treat skin irritations, the stomach aches and the hemorrhoidal crises.
In short, in internal use, the white broth is a:
- expectorant : it limits the formation of phlegm and promotes their evacuation. As a result, this herbal remedy alleviates the symptoms of some of the respiratory tract conditions mentioned above, including bronchitis and loss of voice.
– emollient : it reduces spasms and inflammation caused by painful diarrhea and enteritis.
– cough suppressant : it relieves dry cough.
In external use, we note that the bouillon-blanc is a:
– healing as part of the treatment of hemorrhoids and ear infections. To do this, after maceration of the flowers in olive oil, mullein becomes an excellent remedy against these ailments.
– soothing : As a topical application, a decoction of white broth soothes itching in the mouth, skin and even anal lesions.
Usually, the large candlestick flower is part of the famous "herbal tea of the four flowers".
In fact, to relieve coughs, this herbal tea is made with gnaphala, poppy, marshmallow, coltsfoot, violet and mallow.
Its emollient effect relieves patients suffering from colitis, stomach aches and even painful diarrhea.
In other cases, the use of white broth is useful because of its properties:
– diuretics which facilitate the elimination of liquids
- slightly sedatives that promote falling asleep.
Added to this is its ability to reduce the pain of acute cystitis.
As for his theEssential oil, it is indicated to fight againsteczema, the frostbite and the catarrh.
Dosages, instructions for use of white broth
To relieve you, taking the white broth is done as follows:
- in the form of expectorant herbal tea : bring 25 cl of water to a boil.
Meanwhile, in a suitable container, pour: 2 tablespoons of dried white bouillon flowers, 3 tablespoons of fennel seeds, 2 tablespoons of peppermint leaves (dried in a container with a tight-fitting lid). Mix everything well!
Then take 1 tablespoon of this mixture and pour it into boiling water. Let sit for ten minutes maximum. Then add honey and drink it.
You can also prepare an herbal tea essentially based on dried bouillon-blanc flowers: 1.5 to 2 g (or 3 to 4 teaspoons) of its flowers infused for ¼ hour is enough. Drink 3-4 cups throughout the day.
- in Dyeing: take 1 to 4 ml, morning, noon and evening. If necessary, follow the manufacturer's instructions.
- in infusion : bring 1/4 l of water to a boil. Pour over 1 tablespoon of dried leaves and flowers of white broth. Filter and then drink 1 cup (1/4 l), 2 to 4 times a day.
- in decoction for topical application, boil 10 grams of dried flowers in 300 ml of water.
- in the form of poultice to relieve eczema, hemorrhoids or frostbite, boil dried leaves in milk for 5 minutes.
- in capsules : 1 to 1.5 grams of micronized dry powder (3 capsules) before meals, is the dosage indicated for daily treatment.
> Practical tips / tricks about white broth
In internal use, the infusion or decoction of white broth requires filtration with a lot of care and of precautions because, its flowers and stamens contain hairs that can irritate the throat.
Good to know about white broth
To date, no adverse effects, interactions with medicinal plants or interactions with drugs are known.
However, the European Medicines Agency contraindicated its use for:
- the children under the age of twelve
- a duration more than 7 days.
-the pregnant women and those who breastfeed.
As a precaution, it is recommended to obtain the dried bouillon-blanc flowers in drugstore or at a herbalist because, some seeds can turn out toxic.
Even if the rest of the plant is well tolerated and does not present any particular dangers, the seeds of white broth should be excluded from extracts, capsules and infusions.
If in doubt or if the symptoms persist or worsen, it is imperative to consult your doctor.