|Botanical Nomenclature||Erophila verna or Draba verna|
|Common Name||Common Whitlowgrass, Early Witlow Grass, Nailwort, Shadflower, Spring Draba, Vernal Whitlow Grass, Whitlow-Grass|
|Distinguishing Features of the Plant||Erophila verna is a herbaceous perennial plant growing up to 10cm, with small, spiny, green, smooth leaves and small, hermaphrodite flowers with white petals. The flowering and the harvesting take place from March to June.|
|Region Found||Ioannina (Smolikas, Pindos, Metsovo, Vikos-Aoos park)|
|Part of the Plant with Active Substances||Leaves|
|Active Substances||Plant's photochemical composition is not reported.|
|Pharmacological Effects - Therapeutic Applications||The leaves have astringent and healing properties. The plant is applied externally to the skin in the form of poultice and herbal tea for the treatment of wounds, scratches and skin inflammation, especially against paronychia.|
|Method of Administration||The plant is administered in the form of herbal tea (a spoon of dried leaves in a cup of boiled water for 10min, 3 times a day) and in the form of poultice made from the fresh leaves, which is applied externally to the skin and the nails.
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 are reported.|
|References||1) http://practicalplants.org/wiki/Erophila_verna 2) http://www.pfaf.org/user/Plant.aspx?LatinName=Erophila+verna 3) http://www.naturalmedicinalherbs.net/herbs/e/erophila-verna=whitlow-grass.php 4) https://laspistasteria.wordpress.com/2011/01/18/tiny_-flower/ 5) http://wiki.medicinalplants-uses.com/index.php?title=Draba_verna|