|Botanical Nomenclature||Helianthemum vulgare|
|Distinguishing Features of the Plant||Helianthemum vulgare is a perennial, herbaceous plant growing from 25 to 40cm, with lanceolate, gray-green, pubescent leaves and yellow, hermaphrodite flowers in inflorescences. The flowering and the harvesting take place from June to September|
|Region Found||Ioannina (Gramos, Smolikas, Pindos, Vikos-Aoos)|
|Part of the Plant with Active Substances||The whole plant|
|Active Substances||Tannins (helianthi tannic acid), fatty acids, essential oil, glucoside, inulin, levuline, polyphenols, flavonoids, kaempherol, carbohydrates|
|Pharmacological Effects - Therapeutic Applications||The herbal tea and the herbal extract have tonic and astringent properties and they are recommended for the treatment of chronic diarrhea and dysentery, as well against various skin diseases (ulcers, eyes' inflammation, prurigo). The poultice made from the fresh leaves is applied externally to heal the open wounds and to treat rashes, chronic rhinitis and sinusitis. Finally, the plant is used against panic, stress, intense fear and anxiety.|
|Method of Administration||The plant is administered as astringent and healing in the form of herbal tea (a quantity of dried herb in boiled water, 2-3 times a day), herbal extract (1 or 2 spoons of the dried herb in a cup of boiling water, 3-4 times daily) and tincture (2-3 drops, 1-3 times a day). It is applied externally to the skin as healing and astringent in the form of cream or poultice made from the fresh leaves.
Warning: The use of herb preparations is not recommended without seeking advice from your physician or pharmacist. The substances they contain may interact with the subscribed drugs that the patient already takes, thus eliminating their therapeutic efficacy or inducing toxicity. They may also burden further weakened vital functions of the body thus exposing the patient to increased morbidity and life threatened conditions.
|Toxicity- Adverse Effects||No side effects have been reported.|
|References||1)http://anthoiamata.blogspot.gr/2008/01/rock-rose-helianthemum-nummularium.html 2)http://www.henriettes-herb.com/eclectic/kings/helianthemum.html 3)http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-1153-rock%20rose.aspx?activeingredientid=1153&activeingredientname=rock%20rose 4)http://www.botanical.com/botanical/mgmh/s/sunfl100.html 5)http://www.naturalmedicinalherbs.net/herbs/h/helianthemum-nummularium=common-rockrose.php 6)http://www.pfaf.org/user/Plant.aspx?LatinName=Helianthemum+nummularium|