Herbs of Avalon
Wild Self-Heal Infused Organic OilIn an amber glass bottle(Olea europea, Prunella vulgaris)
Fresh, wild harvested Self-Heal flowering tops, picked at their peak and infused in pure organic olive oil.
Great care has been taken to gather this plant at the height of it's power ~ when both the sun and moon were conjunct in cancer mid~July. This plant ally has been consciously harvested only taking from where it grows abundantly and leaving vast amounts to seed for next year.Selfheal has been used as a medicinal plant for centuries, often as an astringent, and was identified as the herb used by Dioscorides, the ancient Greek physician, to cure inflammation of the throat and tonsils. Its common name stems from its popularity as a plant used according to the old belief in the “Doctrine of signatures”, whereby a plant’s medicinal use to mankind was gauged by aspects of its appearance. In the case of Selfheal, the mouth-like structures of its flowers led to it being used as a remedy for sore throats and mouth ulcers.Its Latin name is said to be derived from the German name “Brunella”, as it was used to treat a condition commonly suffered by medieval German soldiers, called “die Breuen”, or acute necrotising ulcerative gingivitis. In fact, a recent controlled trial showed that a herbal dentifrice containing P. vulgaris showed excellent efficacy in reducing the symptoms of bacterial gingivitis.The plant is still used extensively in Chinese herbal medicine, and recent research has suggested it may also have anti-mutagenic properties. Other studies have shown it to possess a wide variety of pharmacological effects, including antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, astringent, and antimicrobial.A number of antiviral studies of P. vulgaris extracts have been carried out and compounds active against both HIV and Herpes Simplex Virus have been identified. In particular, a sulphated polysaccharide named prunellin was found to inhibit HIV-1 replication in vitro, as well as being able to arrest cell to cell transmission of the virus, with relatively low cytoxicity.Experiments conducted on rats into its immunomodulatory effects demonstrated an inhibition of passive anaphylaxis activated by IgE antibodies, and also inhibition of histamine release from mast cells. Interestingly, it was also discovered that the immunomodulatory effects of P. vulgaris seemed to act synergistically with its anti-viral effects. These combined properties suggest that it has great potential as a treatment for both viral infections and immunological disorders.
Wild Self-Heal Infused Organic Oil - Prunella vulgaris
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Prunella vulgaris is a small flowering perennial of the mint family, known variously as Common Self~heal, Heal~All, All Heal, Woundwort, or Heart~of~the~Earth, highly regarded in many cultures for its medicinal qualities. Cicely Mary Barker in one of her famous flower fairy illustrations depicted the Self~heal Fairy as a tiny Florence Nightingale who tended to the injuries of her fellow fairies & little woodland creatures. Heal~All is an ideal herb to use in healing spells of all kinds. As an herb of Venus, Self~Heal is particularly suited to rituals of self love, self worth and affirmation.