Anthyllis vulneraria

Botanical Name : Anthyllis vulneraria
Family: Fabaceae
Genus: Anthyllis
Species: A. vulneraria
Kingdom: Plantae
Order: Fabales

Common Name :Common kidneyvetch, Kidney vetch,Ladies’ Fingers,Also known as woundwort; vulneraria means “wound healer”.

Habitat : Anthyllis vulneraria is  native to Europe.

Description:
Anthyllis vulneraria reaches 5–40 centimetres (2.0–16 in) of height. The stem is simple or more often branched. The leaves are imparipinnate, glabrous or with scattered hairs on the upper face and silky hairs on the underside.
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The flower heads are spherical in shape and 10–20 millimetres (0.39–0.79 in) long. The flower are yellow in almost all sub-species, with the typical irregular shape of the flowers of legumes. Flowering takes place between June and September. The fruit is a legume. The fruits ripening takes place from July to October.

Medicinal Uses:
This plant is an ancient remedy for skin eruptions, slow-healing wounds, minor wounds, cuts and bruises, it is applied externally. Internally, as an infusion, it is used as a treatment for constipation and as a spring tonic. A decoction is used in compresses or bath preparations for treating inflamed wounds, ulcers and eczema, and in gargles and mouth washes.  It can be used as a substitute for ordinary tea mixed with the leaves of Wild Strawberry, Raspberry and the flowers of Blackthorn. The plant can be used fresh in the growing season, or harvested when in flower and dried for later use.   Old flowers are not dried because they turn brown and disintegrate.

Disclaimer:
The information presented herein is intended for educational purposes only. Individual results may vary, and before using any supplements, it is always advisable to consult with your own health care provider.

Resources:
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Anthyllis_vulneraria
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anthyllis_vulneraria
http://www.herbnet.com/Herb%20Uses_LMN.htm

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