The main use of the alkanet in herbal medicine today is in the role of an expectorant - a substance that brings up phlegm.
It helps with morphew, leprosy, jaundice, spleen & kidney troubles.
It stays fluxes of the belly, kills worms, helps calm fits, strengthens the back & eases its pains, helps bruises & blemishes of the skin such as measles, small pox, pricks, falls & grazes.
It is also said to be a useful counter to poisons & venoms.
Alkanet is used externally in the treatment of varicose veins, indolent ulcers, bed sores itching rashes.
It is good for ulcers, hot inflammations & burns.

One old recipe for a wound dressing called for alkanet pounded with oil & mixed with dried earthworms.

A wine decoction of Alkanet is used as a rub for sore backs.

An ointment of Alkanet is sometimes used for sores, bruises & cuts.

A decoction of the leaves & root of the alkanet is advantageous in inveterate coughs & all disorders of the chest.

An herbal tea made from the alkanet is still extensively used as a remedy in modern folk medicine for treating problems such as melancholy.
Tea is also used to promote perspiration & to break a prolonged fever.
Alkanet tea is also specified for melancholy,to promote sweating & break a fever, to soften & soothe the skin & as a diureticastringent & blood purifier.

The herb is also used in preparing a homeopathic remedy often used in alleviating ulcers in the stomach & duodenum.
The herb powder mixed with petroleum gel was applied as an ointment for back pain or bruising.

The root of alkanet has antibacterial properties & also has the property of relieving itching.
The root is harvested in the autumn & can be dried for later use.


If taken over a long period of time, Alkanet can cause cancer.



Pace 15 g  of dried root in a small saucepan with
570 ml  of cold water.
Bring to a boil & simmer until the liquid has reduced by half, strain & allow to cool before use.
This can be used externally to treat open wounds, including bedsores & leg & foot ulcers, as well as varicose veins & any itchy rash.


Internally, 1 / 2 teaspoon ground alkanet herb to 1 cup  boiling hot water may be steep, then taken for worms.


Naturally Tinted Lip Balm:

2 tbsp coconut oil
1 tbsp olive oil
1 1/2 tsp cocoa butter
1 tbsp beeswax
1 tsp vitamin E oil
1/2 tsp any essential oils
1-2 tsp alkanet root powder.
In a small pot, or double boiler, over super low heat melt the coconut oil, olive oil, cocoa butter & beeswax. Stir until just melted.
Remove from heat & add vitamin E oil, alkanet root powder & your choice of essential oils.
Continue to stir well in order to combine all the oils & distribute the alkanet root powder evenly throughout the mixture.
Pour into small containers & then allow it to cool until hard.


Protects from snakebites & helps ease fear of snakes.

Burned as an incense to replace negativity with positive influence & is also used to attract prosperity in all its forms.

It is also widely considered to be lucky herb for the purpose of bringing good fortune in business, money matters & games of chance.

Wards off the work of those who try to trouble your money matters or
jinx your gambling luck.


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  2. Thank you for sharing! I'm using it in place of red food coloring in my red velvet cake! Along with raw cocoa nibs. Healthy food!!

    1. Such an excellent idea!So delicious too :) Roots can be used to get the most beautiful purple coloring when making soaps too