Bed straw, broken hearts, Lauritzen
The bedstraw is a perennial plant, 20 to 80 cm high. The bedstraw can be recognized by its angular, little branched stalk, narrow and linear leaves, densely hairy.
Numerous, golden yellow colored flowers.
Heyday: June to September.
Occurrence: Widespread on the edges of forests, on dry meadows, slopes and embankments.
Plant parts used medicinally
The leaves of the bedstraw, collected at the time of flowering and gently dried, are used to create remedies.
- little essential oil
Medicinal effect and application
The real bedstraw works dehydrating. It is only rarely used and is sometimes part of so-called "Blood purification teas". Bedstraw can for swollen ankles after standing for a long time and with pain as a result Chills in the bladder and kidneys are used.
Bedstraw tea: 2 to 3 heaping teaspoons dried herb are poured over ¼ l of water and heated to the boil. Cook for 2 minutes, strain. 2 to 3 cups a day is the correct dosage.
This tea is also used in folk medicine with poorly healing wounds and as an envelope for sunburn. The bedstraw can also be used as a bath additive, to do this, boil 100 g bedstraw with 3 liters of water for 5 minutes, strain and add to the full bath.
No side effects are known to date when taking preparations with bedstraw.