Lamium galeobdolon, Lamiastrum galeobdolon, Galeobdolon luteum, Galeopsis galeobdolon, Galeobdolon vulgare, Lamium luteum, Yellow Archangel, Golden Dead Nettle, Gewöhnliche, Goldnessel.

Lamium galeobdolon typifies that if you're looking for stability in scientific names, you've got the wrong plant in the form of yellow wood nettle or yellow archangel or golden archangel. Leaves formerly used as vulnerary and anodyne. John Parkinson in 1640, p. 607 in his Theatrum Botanicum, writes, ". . . the Archangell with yellow flowers is most commended, for old filthy and corrupt sores or corrupt ulcers; yea although they grow to be fistulous or hollow, and to dissolve tumours." Nicholas Culpepper in 1653 in his English Physitian, largely an abridgement of Parkinson's 1640 work, uses nearly the same language. John Gerard in the 1633 Herball (Thomas Johnson edition) suggests that all "archangels" or hedge nettles, soaked in vinegar, are useful for wens, hard swellings, etc. In essence, they are suggesting use of the herb to treat some rather nasty infections, perhaps aligned with recent research which suggests antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory activity."



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