European horse chestnut, common horse chestnut, conker tree
A large tree from which we get conkers.
The whole seed.
Use 1 teaspoon of dried herb to one cup of boiling water to make a tasty tea. Infuse for 5-10 minutes. Sweeten with honey or lemon to taste.
Alternatively add half a teaspoon (2.5 ml) of tincture to a cup of warm water for a quick alternative to tea.
The herb can be added as a flavouring to gin, vodka and other infusions.
Haemorrhoids, vein inflammation, leg ulcers.
Key actions: Venotonic (promotes venous drainage), anti-inflammatory, antioedematous, antiecchymotic (against bruising).
In clinic: Herbalists use this herb to treat varicose veins, proctitis (rectal, anal inflammation), rectal neuralgia, haemorrhoids and general congestion of the veins.
If you are interested in the medicinal use of this herb please consult a herbalist. Herbs are generally used at medicinal strength, in blends, prescribed for each unique patient's condition.
Decoction: Half a teaspoon to 1 of herb (1 to 2 g) to a cup of cold water, bring to the boil and leave to sit for 15 minutes. Or steep 1 teaspoon bark in cold water overnight. Flavour with lemon, ginger or honey if desired. Drink 3 times a day unless otherwise told by a medical herbalist.
Tincture: Take 1.6 to 5 ml (1:5 tincture), 3 times a day or as directed by a practitioner.
Fluid extract: 1:2 Take 0.6 to 1.6 ml, 3 times a day or as directed by a practitioner.
Dried Herb: Maximum of 2 g per day may be taken as a powder or capsules.
Be careful to avoid applying horse chestnut to broken or ulcerated skin, as the saponin content causes irritation.
This herb is considered safe in food amounts. Do not take if you are allergic to this plant or other members of this plant's family (Hippocastanaceae). Not all herbs are suitable in pregnancy, breastfeeding or for young children. If in doubt, please ask us or your medical herbalist.
There are potential side effects including: nausea, headaches, dizziness, pruritus (extreme itching), gastrointestinal issues and acid reflux could be brought about by the saponin content. Plant extracts cause few side effects when taken correctly but if a side effect is experienced please contact us.
Interactions with drugs
Herbal remedies and supplements can interact with medicines. If you are taking medication please check with your medical practitioner, or call us, before taking herbs, supplements and medication together.
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