Sweet Woodruff

Galium odoratum

Also known as sweet-scented bedstraw, stinkweed, wild baby’s breath or master of the woods

The story…

Sweet woodruff is native to Eurasia and has been naturalized in North America. It is common in undergrowth and forest edges, in light, humus-bearing soil. A syrup can be made from it and used in baking or to flavor certain drinks, including beer. It gets its name from the rough character of its leaves (from the Latin asper, rough) and from the smell it acquires when drying, which reminds one of hay or tonka beans.

Uses

Stress et insomnia

Woodruff has a calming effect on the nervous system and soothes anxiety, palpitations and headaches due to stress. It also has a mild sedative effect, useful in cases of anxiety.

Preparation

Infusion: 1 tablespoon of dried flowers per cup of water, infused for 10 minutes; or fresh and very recently picked flowers, infused for 3 to 5 minutes.

Precautions

Contraindicated for people taking certain anticoagulants and pregnant women. Do not use in high doses, as this may cause headache or drowsiness. In case of persistent symptoms or if you have any doubts, consult a doctor.

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