Substances & Homeopatic Remedies

Sabina officinalis

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Medicinal Uses
Abortifacient; Diuretic; Emetic; Emmenagogue; Irritant; Warts.

The young shoots are abortifacient, diuretic, emetic, powerfully emmenagogue and irritant[4, 7]. The plant is rarely used internally but is useful as an ointment and dressing to blisters etc in order to promote discharge[4]. The powdered leaves are also used in the treatment of warts[1, 4, 7, 21]. The shoots are harvested in spring and dried for later use[4]. Use with great caution and never during pregnancy[4, 21], see notes above on toxicity.

Other Uses
Essential; Ground cover; Hedge; Insecticide; Parasiticide; Repellent.
Leaves are used as an insect repellent, a decoction of them is used against lice[46, 61].

An essential oil from the leaves and shoots has strong diuretic properties and is also used in perfumery[1, 61]. Yields of around 4% are obtained, this oil is also used as an insecticide[7].

A good dense ground cover plant, though it is slow to cover the ground[197]. The species type eventually forms a high ground cover, but there are many named forms that are lower-growing[208]. The sub-species J. sabina tamariscifolia has been particularly recommended[188]. Plants should be spaced about 1.2 metres apart each way[208].

The taller forms of this species make a good hedge[245].