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Learn some common names for self heal! Sometimes I post Sunday Snapshots here on the blog. You can also find them over on my Facebook page! This is where I showcase my photography of a specific herb and provide some quick facts. This month we are learning about self-heal (Prunella vulgaris) .

Can we take a moment to celebrate Prunella vulgaris?  Not the prettiest botanical name, but a lovely little plant. Common names for self heal are much nicer:

  • Heal All
  • Self Heal
  • Heart of the Earth
  • Blue Curls
  • Hook Heal
  • Slough Heal
  • Carpenter’s Herb
  • Brunella
  • Brunelle
  • Sicklewort
  • Woundwort

I especially like Heart of the Earth and Blue Curls. This herb is often over-looked by modern herbalists, but Culpeper and several other historical herbalists spoke highly of it. It’s found world-wide, so you may find that you know it by even more names than those listed here. Petite Consoude, perhaps? Herbe au Charpentier? Xia Ku Cao? 

There’s a full length article about self-heal over here, so be sure to take a few minutes to get familiar with this lovely little plant.

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Agatha Noveille

Agatha Noveille

Agatha is an herbalist and author in Atlanta, Georgia. She founded Indie Herbalist in 2011. Her herbal recipe book, The Complete Guide to Adaptogens, is available wherever books are sold. To listen to her podcast, visit Indie Herbalist's sister site, Teacup Alchemy.
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