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weedy perennial (Prunella vulgaris) with the typical angular stems and bluish flowers of the family Labiatae (mint family). Although it probably originated in the Old World, self-heal is now distributed throughout temperate climates and is
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1-2 feet tall (50cm) Has distinctive flower cluster of purple and white flowers tightly pancaked together with green disks. Opposite leaves, reddish square stem. A great nourishing edible herb in the mint family. It has similar properties to mint, but doesn't taste or smell like mint. The whole plant is edible. It’s called “Heal All” because it is said to be able to heal just about anything. It has more rosemarinic than rosemary. Very popular for its use with Herpes simplex 1 and 2. Also used for kidney problems, AIDS, liver, heart, tumors, cancer, diabetes, abrasions, cuts, bruises, sprains, ulcers, diarrhea, fever, sore throat, laryngitis. astringent. You can make tea, salves, creams, use in salads, or make cold water infusions by putting chopped, crushed or powdered leaves in cold or luke warm water.family with broad arrowhead-shaped leaves. It’s a major adaptogenic
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