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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.
The fresh juice is considered to be aphrodisiac. It is anaphrodisiac according to another report.
The aromatic dried flowers are used as a filling for pillows, having a sedative effect which is beneficial to consumptives.
A homeopathic remedy is made from the plant. This has proved to be of benefit in the treatment of sciatica, lumbago and some forms of arthritis.
The plant is used as an insect repellent, it is placed in bedmats, books etc and in the linen cupboard.
The flower heads are used as a stuffing material for mattresses.