Monday, 25 April 2011

White Dead Nettle - Lamium album

Another useful plant from the Labiatae family, a stunning spring time plant with some useful characteristics, firstly it's edible raw or cooked as a pot herb, the leaves are also a useful source of Vitamin A and a tea can be made form it's dried flowers, in addition it has numerous medicinal uses such as being an antispasmodic, astringent, hypnotic, sedative, styptic and a Vulnerary, plus a multitude of other uses, it shouldn't be taken by people with high blood pressure though as it also acts as an Vasoconstrictor.

As always, get proper training and advice from a local expert before you start to play with wild plants.

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