Epilobium parviflorum (Epilobium angustifolium)
Epilobium, codlins and cream, smallflower hairy willowherb
An anti-inflammatory perennial plant used to soothe the bladder, kidney and prostate gland.
The dried herb.
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.
Used to treat prostate problems, incontinence and digestive issues such as irritable bowel syndrome and diarrhoea.
Key actions: Antiprostatic
In clinic: Herbalists use this herb for chronic prostate disorders particularly when dealing with urination issues due to prostatic enlargement.
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.
Infusion: 1 teaspoon of herb to a cup of cold water. Pour boiling water over the herb and leave to infuse for 5 to 10 minutes. Flavour with lemon, ginger or honey if desired. Drink 3 times a day unless otherwise told by a medical herbalist.
Fluid extract: 1:2 Take 1 to 2 ml, 3 times a day or as directed by a practitioner.
Not appropriate to use if suffering from anaemia, constipation, malnutrition or an iron deficiency.
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 (Onagraceae). Not all herbs are suitable in pregnancy, breastfeeding or for young children. If in doubt, please ask us or your medical herbalist.
Excessive use of this herb (due to its tannin content) can lead to a irritating, astringent effect on the mucous membranes.
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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