Substances & Homeopatic Remedies

Fumaria officinalis

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Fumaria officinales


In 1753, Linnaeus established the genus Fumaria in his Species Plantarum. He derived the name from the Latin fumus terrae, "smoke of the earth," alluding to the smoke-like smell of some species or to smoke rising from the ground


Traditional name

Earth Smoke.
-Earth Smoke. Beggary. Fumus. Vapor. Nidor. Fumus Terrae. Fumiterry, Scheiteregi. Taubenkropp. Kaphnos. Wax Dolls.

Used parts


N.O. Papaveraceae


Original proving

Proved by David S. Riley; 17 provers [12 women and 5 men], of which 2 got placebo. [Homoeopathic Links 2/94, p. 18 - 20]

Description of the substance

Description---A small annual plant, a common weed in many parts of Europe, including Britain, and naturalized in the United States.

The herb is small and slender, with weak, straggling, or climbing stems, decompound leaves, and clusters or spikes of small flowers of a pinkish hue, topped with purple, or more rarely, white. The leaves have no odour, but taste bitter and saline. The plant flowers almost throughout the summer in fields, gardens, and on banks, and in ditches, spreading with great rapidity. At Mudgee, in New South Wales, it was reported to have smothered a wheat crop. Shakespeare makes several references to the herb. An interesting peculiarity is that it is very seldom visited by insects. It is self-fertile, and sets every seed.

The flowers are used to make a yellow dye for wool.