Colutea orientalis

Botanical Name ;Colutea orientalis
Family: Fabaceae
Subfamily: Faboideae
Genus: Colutea
Species: C. orientalis
Kingdom: Plantae
Order: Fabales

Common Name ; Red Flowered Bladder,bladder senna

Habitat ;Colutea orientalis is  native to Europe and Asia.

Description:
It is a deciduous, grey-leafed, bushy shrub that grows to a height of up to 2 m (6 ft). It bears clusters of small yellow and coppery-red flowers in summer, followed by green seed pods. Colutea x media is a hybrid between C. orientalis and C. arborescens.

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Medicinal Uses:
Leaves have a purging quality, but afterwards have a binding effect.  It is corrected with caraway seed, aniseed, or ginger and a dram taken in wine, ale or broth, on an empty stomach comforts and cleanses the stomach and purges phlegm from the head and brain, lungs, heart, liver and spleen.  From Culpeper: “It strengthens the senses, procures mirth, and is good in chronic agues.” Modern practice uses Cassia angustifolia as the variety instead.

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://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colutea_orientalis
http://www.robsplants.com/plants/ColutOrien
http://www.herbnet.com/Herb%20Uses_RST.htm

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