Information on Self-heal

Latin NamePrunella vulgaris
Other NamesHeal-All
Part UsedLeaf, Flowers
Herb FormsTincture, bulk herb.
AffectsBlood, Liver
CautionsNone noted.
Botanical InfoA creeping perennial in the Mint family with opposite ovate leaves and violet-blue flowers in spikes.
DescriptionSelf-heal is used internally and externally for wounds, burns, and rashes. It is taken for mild hemorrhages, diarrhea, jaundice, hepatitis, and fluid retention. Self-heal is a reputed eye remedy, taken internally for conjunctivitis, redness, and tired or strained eyes. In Chinese medicine it is traditionally used for goiter or swollen glands, conjunctivitis, carbuncles, and eye inflammation.

Self-heal has a taste of SALTY, BITTER and a temperature of COOL.


Infusion1 cup 2-3 x daily
Tincture25-40 drops 2-3 x daily

Ailments Treated by Self-heal

AilmentTreatment SupportApplication
Woundsvulnerarytea internally and as a wash
Conjunctivitisastringenttea, tincture
Diarrheaastringenttincture, tea
Goiterthyroid regulatortincture, tea


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