Galium odoratum, Sweet Woodruff

Galium odoratum, Sweet Woodruff contains coumarin in a bound glycoside form that is activated by wilting or drying, producing its characteristic fragrance. Woodruff possesses diaphoretic, diuretic, sedative, antispasmodic, and cholagogic qualities. It is used primarily as a tea to relieve migraines, insomnia, liver infections, jaundice, bladder stones, and nervous tension in children and the elderly. In Europe, sweet woodruff-containing preparations are used for the treatment of varicose veins and thrombophlebitis.

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