Substances & Homeopatic Remedies

Gnaphalium polycephalum

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---Medicinal Action and Uses---Astringent. Beneficial for ulcerations of the throat and mouth; warm infusions used to produce diaphoresis; also of service in quinsy, pulmonary complaints, leucorrhoea. Can be used internally and as a local application, likewise used as fomentations to bruises, indolent tumours. An infusion given in diseases of the bowels - haemorrhages etc. The fresh juice is reputed anti-venereal and anti-aphrodisiac; the cold infusion vermifugal; the dried flowers are used as a sedative filling for the pillows of consumptives. A tincture is made from whole plant.

Anaphrodisiac; Antiphlogistic; Antispasmodic; Astringent; Diaphoretic; Diuretic; Expectorant; Sedative; Vermifuge.

The whole plant is anaphrodisiac, antiphlogistic, astringent, diaphoretic, expectorant, vermifuge[4, 61]. It is used internally in the treatment of throat ulcers, chest complaints, intestinal and respiratory catarrh etc and is also applied externally as a poultice to bruises, indolent tumours etc[4, 254].

A tea made from the leaves and flowers is a mild nerve sedative, diuretic and antispasmodic[222].

The fresh juice is considered to be aphrodisiac[222]. It is anaphrodisiac according to another report[4].

The aromatic dried flowers are used as a filling for pillows, having a sedative effect which is beneficial to consumptives[4].

A homeopathic remedy is made from the plant[4]. This has proved to be of benefit in the treatment of sciatica, lumbago and some forms of arthritis[4].

Other Uses
Repellent; Stuffing.
The plant is used as an insect repellent, it is placed in bedmats, books etc[178] and in the linen cupboard[207].

The flower heads are used as a stuffing material for mattresses[207].