Herb of the Day: Schizonepeta

( Schizonepeta tenuifolia )
Other names are: Japanese capnip, Japanese mint, jing jie, tenuifolia

Schizonepeta is native to Japan and China, and is widely cultivated in the Tar East. Being a pleasantly aromatic herb with highly dissected foliage and small, clustered lavender blooms that grow in to spikes above the foliage. It belongs to the small family as catnip, but it is not a annual wit a sweet, pinelike aroma. The whole plant is used in herbal medicine. It is the principal herb of traditional Japanese medicine for skin infections. The Chinese use this herb to treat symptoms as common colds, chills, sore throats, and headaches.It helps to lower fever and promote sweating, and has a antibacterial action.
Aids with: boils, mastitis.
It is available as a cream from compounding pharmacies for external use, but never use it on open sores.
Scientific investigation has confirmed that schizonepeta heals skin infections, stimulating circulation within the
skin and by inducing perspiration. It has a excellent antimicrobial and antiviral effects and helps eliminate toxins.


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