Herb of the Day: Figwort

( Scrophularia nodosa )

common names are Throatwort, Carpenter’s Square, Scrofula Plant, Wood Figwort, Heal All,


Figwort grows in the thickets and in ditches, in wet meadows, and waste lands. Except for the smooth surface, Figwort’s long egg shaped leaves are similar in shape and size to those of Stinging Nettle. The leaf pairs sit opposite each other on the stem at a right angle to pairs growing above and below.The color is a dark green color has a black hue that is characteristic of all Saturn plants. Figwort is one of the few plants in nature that bear brown flowers,they have brownish purple color and fascinating shape easily appreciated with a magnifying glass.Her insect choice for pollination is the wasp.
Healing powers are easily discovered when we dig up the dark the dark brown root with its fig like knobs. Ancient herbalists repeatedly assure us that Figworts root is a potent ally. It is a stocky rhizome made up of swollen tubers strung together, dark brown outside with yellowish white flesh. In fact, the root looks so much like the connected lymph nodes of the human body that they took it as a sign from God of its purpose.
Aids with, swollen glands, scrofula, tedious inflammations, lymphatic system, mucous membranes, skin eczema, swollen tonsils, chronic head colds, cradle cap, inflamed eyes, rickets, veterinary use a tea made from Figwort for mane, and skin rashes on animals.Use the plant’s leaves and root make a strong tea and apply as a wash on the animals.


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