Silverweed has the highest content of vitamin C of all the weeds.
The plant is rich in tannins, bitter, flavonic substances, mineral salts & essential oil. Because of these properties, silverweed has many benefic effects, being astringent, spasmolitic, analgesic, anti-diuretic, cicatrizing & haemostatic.
Both the roots & the leaves are mildly astringent so that their infusion helps to treat diarrhea & the fluxes of women,making also with honey a useful gargle.
Silverweed is known for its antispasmodic activity & it has been used frequently to treat menstrual cramps.
Also, its high tannin content makes it a useful treatment for sore throat, oral & skin ulcerations & bleeding.
Silverweed is especially useful for treating diarrhea & ulcerative colitis, since the tannins have antibacterial action & help to heal the intestines, while the antispasmodic effect reduces intestinal contractions.
It is also an excellent remedy for cramps in the stomach, heart & abdomen.
Silverweed can also be used for treating uric lithiasis, vaginal leaking, skin ulcerations & anemia.
The tea is also useful as an external astringent for malaria, cystitis, palsy, shingles, itch, sciatica, gout, rheumatism, arthritis, quinsey, epilepsy, toothache, bleeding gums, mouthwash, fever & throat sores, hoarseness, cough, ague, colds, flu, canker sores.
A strong infusion of silverweed, if used as a lotion, will check the bleeding of piles,
Externally, the plant is used under the form of local washing in cases of leucorrhoea.
For treating skin ulcerations & gum inflammations, poultices can be applied, imbued with tea.
The dried & powdered leaves have been successfully administered in ague, the more astringent roots have been given about 1.3 grams & upwards.As a diuretic, silverweed has been considered useful in gravel.
Jaundice: fresh plant, 100 g or more may be taken 3-4 times daily.
In Chinese medicine it is a commonly used remedy for diarrhea, especially if accompanied by blood discharge,hemorrhages, including menstrual bleeding & blood in the urine due to infection or gravel.
The decoction has been used for ulcers in the mouth, relaxation of the uvula, spongy gums & for fixing loose teeth, also for toothache & preserving the gums from scurvy.
The decoction, tea & tincture (made with water or milk) are used for enteritis & inflammation of the mucous membranes in the mouth & bleeding gums, canker sores, dysentery.
The tincture is good for sealing hemorrhages, for leucorrhea & for fevers.
Diluted it makes a good mouthwash & gargle for sore throat.
The root is used for chronic & infectious catarrhal enteritis, quinsey, epilepsy, toothache, dysentery & jaundice.
Especially helps intestinal problems where diarrhea & constipation alternate.
Externally, used to help heal wounds, sores, ulcers, bruises & relieves pain.
When added to bath water, it will stop bleeding from piles, boils, ulcers, sores & wounds.
The consumption of silverweed is not recommended in chronicle, renal & hepatic affections.
The tea should not be consumed on an empty stomach because it causes irritation of the gastro-intestinal mucous.
Boil 2 tsp herb in 1 cup of water or milk.
Mix equal parts of silverweed, lemon balm leaves & chamomile flowers.
Steep 1 tsp of the mixture in 1/2 cup water.
Take 1 - 1 1/2 cups a day, a mouthful at a time.
Use 1 tsp of the dried herb in 1 cup of boiling water.
Cover & steep for 30 minutes, strain.
Excellent gargle for sore throat.
is obtained from the herb's leaves, sometimes also adding the roots.
2 tbsp of leaves are added to 500 ml of water.
After 10-15 min, strain & drink while warm during the period of a day, in 3 portions, after the main meals.
1 tbsp of the powdered herb may also be taken every 3 hours.
1 tbsp of the herb, boiled in a cup of milk, has been recommended as an effective remedy in tetanus or lockjaw. The tea should be drunk as hot as possible.
A distilled water of the herb was in earlier days much in vogue as a cosmetic for removing freckles, spots,prevent scarring from smallpox ,pimples & for restoring the complexion when sun-burnt.
The complexion is washed with an infusion :
2 tsp of crushed plant add
300 ml of boiling water,cover, leave it to cool down.
In ancient China, this herb was used in magic for casting spells & as a love-divining herb.
It is used to attract luck & money.
Additionally, it is found in many recipes for protection & uncrossing, such as herbal baths.
Carrying a bit with you allegedly serves in getting others to grant you favors.