|Botanical Nomenclature||Calluna vulgaris|
|Common Name||Common Heather, Heather, Ling|
|Distinguishing Features of the Plant||Calluna vulgaris is a small, evergreen plant growing from 15 to 50cm, with green or gray leaves, which are turning red in autumn. The flowers are small, bell-shaped, pink or white. The flowering and the harvesting take place from August to September.|
|Part of the Plant with Active Substances||Flowers|
|Active Substances||Quercitrin, myricetin, arbutin (flavone glycoside), citric acid, fumaric acid, essential oil, tannin, herbal dye, carotene|
|Pharmacological Effects - Therapeutic Applications||The herbal tea is administered as diuretic against cystitis, kidney stones, gallstones, prostate, gout and other disorders of the urinary tract. It is recommended as laxative, expectorant, antirheumatic, sedative and antiseptic. In folk medicine it is used for the treatment of diarrhea, colic, gastroenteritis, cough, common cold and the inflammations of the upper respiratory tract.|
|Method of Administration||It is administered as a laxative and diuretic in the form of herbal tea (a spoon of dried herb in a cup of boiled water, 3 times a day before eating) or herbal tea added to the bath water (500g of dried herb in 5L water).
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||Overdose may cause narcotic effects.|
|References||1)http://www.naturalmedicinalherbs.net/herbs/c/calluna-vulgaris=heather.php 2)http://www.pfaf.org/user/Plant.aspx?LatinName=Calluna+vulgaris 3)http://www.herbal-supplement-resource.com/heather-herbs.html 4)http://practicalplants.org/wiki/Calluna_vulgaris 5)http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-489-heather.aspx?activeingredientid=489&activeingredientname=heather 6)http://www.heathertea.com/Heather-Tea-Benefits/|