Information on Maidenhair Fern

Latin NameAdiantum capillus-veneris
Other NamesRock fern
Part UsedHerb
Herb FormsBulk herb for teas, tincture.
AffectsUrinary system, Respiratory system
CautionsNone noted.
Botanical InfoA beautiful, graceful fern with stiff, shiny black stems, from six to fifteen inches tall.
DescriptionMaidenhair fern is used for coughs of a recent nature and is sometimes combined with licorice or licorice fern (Polypodium spp.) for this purpose. In decoction or as a syrup it makes a soothing, cooling drink for flu, fevers, and inflammation. It also acts as an emmenagogue and is a tonic for the hair.
The herb is expectorant, demulcent, and antitussive.
Maidenhair Fern has a taste of SWEET, ACRID and a temperature of COOL.


Decoction1 cup 2-3 x daily

Ailments Treated by Maidenhair Fern

AilmentTreatment SupportApplication
Cough, acuteantitussive, expectoranttea, syrups, tincture


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