Herb of the Day: Purslane


( Portulaca oleracea )

This scummy culinary and medicinal herb can be found wild through out Europe and India. It is an hardy annual, with small yellow stalkless, petalled flowers which opens in the sun and closes in the shade. Historically this plant has been grown for medicinal use for over 2,000 years, being used as an antidote for wasp stings and snake bites. Recent research has shown that purslane is a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids, which is important in preventing heart attacts and strengthening the immune system. The fresh juice when applied to insect bites, burns and tanking  the irritating itch of eczema.

As always herbs are medicine and you should ask your doctor before taken them. …..more info on herbs at lighthouseherbs.me


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