Prunella vulgaris

© H. Zell

Also called heal-all, woundwort, heart-of-the-earth or brownwort.

The story…

Prunella can be found in the North hemisphere, particularly in Europe, Asia and around the Mediterranean Sea. It grows in the fields, meadows and forest paths, on a cool and well-drained soil. Its name originates from the German braun, which means brown.


Small wounds

Prunella helps to stop the bleeding, or to close a superficial wound, respectively instead of yarrow and comfrey if you don’t have any. Apply a concentrated infusion or a diluted tincture with a compress, or a cataplasm made of fresh leaves.

Stress and hypertension

It has a light tranquillizing effect on the nerves, and helps to decrease hypertension (of which stress is an aggravating factor).

Ear, nose and throat

It has an astringent and disinfecting effect, relieving inflamed tissues and mucous membranes of the ear, nose and throat region. For a sore throat, use as an infusion or a gargle. For diverse inflammations of the mouth, use as a mouthwash.


In case of persistent symptoms or if you have any doubts, consult a doctor.

© I. Leidus