Prunella vulgaris is an erect herbaceous perennial that belongs to the mint family Lamiaceae. It is marked by numerous club-like, clustered, true purple flowers and lance-shaped leaves that are a bit reddish at the tips. The key feature of the self heal plant is its tough, square-shaped, self-rooted stem.
Like most medicinal herbs, self heal plant has been used for centuries to attenuate infections and various other ailments. It helps in reducing the inflammations of various origins, especially the inflammation associated with bowel, Crohn’s disease, and ulcerative colitis. Self heal is also known to perform a stellar job at catering to gastrointestinal tract disorders, including diarrhea, gastroenteritis, colic, and upset stomach.
Self heal can also help in the management of oxidative stress and disorders associated with it such as diabetes. It is considered to guard against the onset of cancer, atherosclerosis, and herpes.
The leaves and young shoots of self heal are marketed in fresh and dry form. They are used because they are high in nutrients such as Vitamin C, thiamine, vitamin K, and tannins.
Prunella vulgaris can be a useful addition to a garden as its tremendously vibrant flowers call for pollinating insects which results to be fruitful for the pollination of other plants too.