Information on Fumitory

Latin NameFumaria officinalis
Other NamesCommon fumitory
Part UsedHerb
Herb FormsTincture, bulk herb.
AffectsDigestive system, Liver
CautionsNone known.
Botanical InfoAn annual weed with delicate leaves and pink flowers.
DescriptionFumitory has antiseptic properties which make it beneficial as a wash for skin complaints. It is mildly diuretic and has been used for constipation. Other uses include as an antispasmodic for the gallbladder and bile ducts and the gastrointestinal tract. In traditional medicine it was mixed with wine to strengthen the stomach and improve the appetite.


Infusion1-2 cups 2 x daily
Tincture2-4 droppersful 2 x daily

Ailments Treated by Fumitory

AilmentTreatment SupportApplication
Eczemaliver cleansertincture
Acneliver cleansertincture, tea
Gallbladder problemsantispasmodictincture


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