Speedwell is a herbaceous plant that grows mainly on poor soils. Its scientific name is Veronica officinalis and it belongs to the Scrofulariaceae family. It is a fairly common plant in Europe and North America. For several decades, it has been recognized for several medicinal properties. In addition, it contains iridoids, apigenin, tannins and phenolic acids.
Indications in herbal medicine
Speedwell has stomachic properties. It is used mainly to promote gastric digestion and to stimulate the appetite. It improves digestive comfort and allows relieve stomach crampsintestinal disorders and ulcers.
Due to its anti-inflammatory and expectorant properties, it helps treat conditions affecting the respiratory tract. We distinguish in particular the cold, the cough, the flu, the asthma or the cases of bronchitis. It also allows toreduce rheumatic pain.
Moreover, this plant is vulnerary. It has astringent and healing abilities. As a result, it helps to treat skin problems. It is particularly indicated in case of wounds, burns or eczema. Moreover, legend has it that this officinal plant takes its name from Saint Veronica who had the ability to care for lepers.
In addition, speedwell has a depurative, hepato-tonic and choleretic effect. In this sense, it contributes to the elimination of toxic elements from the body. It also helps fight diabetes and fights against arteriosclerosis.
Finally, his other fields of intervention are spleen disorders, jaundice as well as physical and nervous fatigue.
Forms and preparations
In natural medicine, the aerial parts of the plant are used. The galenic forms available are:
- Herbal tea or infusion
- Dry extracts
- Mother tincture
Directions for use and dosage
Recommended doses vary depending on the form used and the desired effect.
- Herbal tea: infuse 1 tablespoon of dry extracts in a cup of boiling water for 10 minutes. Drink 2 to 3 cups spread throughout the day. As a gargle, this preparation is effective in case of sore throat.
- Bath: bring a mixture of dried plant and 1 liter of water to the boil, infuse for 10 to 15 minutes then filter. Then pour the filtrate into the bath water to treat chronic skin conditions.
- Mother tincture: in a glass of water, add 15 drops of tincture and take morning and evening.
- Capsule: 3 to 6 capsules per day
Precautions for use, side effects and contraindications
To date, there are no known side effects from the use of speedwell. However, respecting the prescribed doses is essential. In addition, it should always be ensured that each treatment is under the supervision of a doctor or health professional. Caution is even more important in pregnant and breastfeeding women. It should also be added that children should not take speedwell in the form of mother tincture.