|Botanical Nomenclature||Echium vulgare|
|Common Name||Blueweed, Viper's Bugloss|
|Distinguishing Features of the Plant||Echium vulgare is an annual or perennial plant growing from 0,5 to 1m, with narrow, gray-green, spiny leaves and violet, hermaphrodite flowers. The flowering lasts from May to August and the fruiting takes place from August to October.|
|Region Found||Epirus (Gramos)|
|Part of the Plant with Active Substances||The whole plant, root|
|Active Substances||Alkannin, allantoin, pyrrolizidine (alkaloids)|
|Pharmacological Effects - Therapeutic Applications||The herbal tea has antibacterial, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, emollient, diuretic, healing and antitussive properties. It is recommended for the treatment of fever, headaches and inflammatory pain. It is applied externally in the form of poultice made from the fresh leaves to heal open wounds, burns and skin irritations.|
|Method of Administration||The plant is administered as emollient and antipyretic in the form of herbal tea (a spoon of dried herb in a cup of boiled water, 2-3 times a day). It is applied externally as healing and soothing in the form of 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||Plant's consumption may cause hepatotoxicity due to the contained pyrrolizidine|
|References||1) http://botanakaiygeia.blogspot.com/2013/04/1.html 2)https://www.botanical.com/botanical/mgmh/b/bugvip85.html 3)http://herbs-treatandtaste.blogspot.gr/2011/10/vipers-bugloss-mood-enhancer-benefits.html 4)http://www.naturalmedicinalherbs.net/herbs/e/echium-vulgare=viper's-bugloss.php 5)http://crescentbloom.com/plants/specimen/EA/Echium%20vulgare.htm|