Product: Small Flowering Willow Herb
Latin Name: Epilobium parviflorum
Plant Family: Onagraceae
Other Names: Smallflower Hairy Willowherb, Codlins and Cream, Hoary Willowherb, Épilobe à Petites Fleurs, Garofanino Minore, Epilobi Herba & Kleinblütiges Weidenröschen.
Description: This perennial herb is native to Europe, Turkey, the Eastern Mediterranean, the Himalayas and northwest Africa. It grows to a height of 30–80 centimetres. The erect stem is covered in fine hairs, the leaves have no leaf stalk and are opposite or whorled, oblong to linear lanceolate, with a toothed edge, deep green in colour and 4-10cm in length. The 4 petaled hermaphrodite flowers are 7-12mm in diameter and are light to rose pink in colour.
Brief History: John Parkinson described the use of the willowherb spp. as a fumigant to ‘driveth away flies and gnats and other such small creatures’. E. parviflorum was named and described in the late 18th century by Johann Christian Daniel von Schreber a German naturalist. Very little attention was paid to this herb until the 1980’s when the Austrian herbalist Maria Treben, the women who reintroduced the old Swedish bitters formula to the world, wrote about it in her book ‘Health Through God's Pharmacy’. Small flowered willow herbs genus name derives from the Greek word ‘epi’ meaning ‘upon” and ‘lobos’ meaning ‘lobe’, which refers to position the petals hold above the ovary.
SUGGESTED USENo non-medicinal uses are known.
Shelf life of two years provided that goods are stored in an airtight container in ambient conditions.
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