Information on Perilla

Latin NamePerilla frutescens
Part UsedLeaf
Herb FormsBulk herb.
AffectsDigestive system, Respiratory system
CautionsNone noted.
Botanical InfoAn aromatic annual with blunt leaves and white flowers from the mint family.
DescriptionPerilla is useful during pregnancy to alleviate nausea and for calming a restless fetus. It is also used for general stomach disorders, such as lack of appetite, vomiting, or nausea. In Chinese medicine, perilla is used in decoctions to alleviate the symptoms of colds, such as chills, nasal congestion, and coughs, especially when the cold is due to exposure to damp and cold.

Perilla has a taste of ACRID, AROMATIC and a temperature of WARM.


Decoction1 cup 2-3 x daily

Ailments Treated by Perilla

AilmentTreatment SupportApplication
Morning sicknessanti-nauseanttea
Dyspepsiadigestive aidtea, tincture


Bensky, D. and A. Gamble. 1986. Chinese Herbal Medicine. Seattle: Eastland Press.