Health And Nutrition – Uses Of Woad Herb

Four times a year, the Clearpath School of Herbal Medicine offers the Materia Medica course, a detailed exploration of fifteen herbs spread over three Wednesday evenings. In a typical course, we treat five herbs and describe them and their medicinal value in great detail. These include plant names, parts used, the energetic nature of each plant in medicine, the best places and times to collect chemical ingredients, how to prepare doses, warnings, and contraindications, and, of course, detailed explanations of the use of plants in medicine from a Western, Chinese, Indian and Ayurvedic perspective. [Sources: 3]

Woad, waad, and asp Jerusalem glastum are popular names for the plant. Belonging to the genus that has spread throughout southern Europe and western Asia, been cultivated in many parts of Asia and Europe, and has established itself well in the rocky wastes of places like Sweden. Woad is found in many parts of the UK but has not been naturalized since Tewkesbury and appears to be native, according to Hooker. [Sources: 1, 8]

Woad leaves have astringent, antiviral, antibacterial, carcinogenic, and antipyretic properties. In the earliest times of British history, Woad was abundant throughout the country, and Caesar found native stains of it. Its extensive use became so widespread that our Saxon ancestors imported it to dye their own woven cloth. Decoctions made from it have a good spleen hardness, are good against wounds and ulcers, and have a strong constitution, which is used for physical work and rough food. [Sources: 1, 10]

Woad has been used to treat several health problems, including flu, encephalitis, erysipelas, etc. Woad is also used to treat the flu, fever, reddened and swollen face, tonsillitis, sore throat, herpes, hepatitis, various skin diseases, and chickenpox. It has also been used to treat wounds, ulcers, snake bites, hemorrhoids, and other inflammatory diseases (Oberthur et al., 2005). [Sources: 10, 13]

It has both antibacterial and antiviral effects as it improves microcirculation (Huang, 1999). Its antibacterial action is effective against Salmonella enteritidis, C. diphtheriae, E. coli, Bacillus subtilis, hemolytic streptococcus, Bacillus subtilis, B. paratyphi, Shigella dysenteriae, S. flexneri, and Salmonella subtilis. Isatis is a comprehensive antiviral used against all forms of influenza, SARS, respiratory infections, viral pneumonia, meningitis, pseudomonas pneumonia, scarlet fever, rheumatism, laryngitis, tonsillitis, eye infections, leukemia, chickenpox, and shingles. [Sources: 2, 8, 13]

Woad is used and measles, meningitis, jaundice, and certain rashes to treat sore throats and fever. The roots of Woad possess antibiotic properties which strengthen the immune system. Woad is also a good herbal treatment for inflammation related to viral and bacterial infections and fever-related cancer. [Sources: 8, 9]

According to TCM doctors, the leaves of the plant are more useful in treating health problems relating to the upper part of the body than the roots. They use leaves instead of roots to treat various respiratory infections in the upper parts of the body. The roots of Woad are widespread, but also the leaves are useful. [Sources: 10]

The seeds are edible and contain 12-34% protein and 12-38% fat without moisture. The whole plant is a famous dye plant used by the ancient British before the Roman invasion as the body color. Root extracts are traditionally used to treat patients with solid tumors and leukemia, leading to the purification of indirubin [9]. The roots of the plant have anti-carcinogenic properties, and extracts from the plant have bactericidal properties. Rocks and cornfields with calcareous soils. The leaves must be soaked to remove the bitterness, as they are bitter. [Sources: 0, 5]

The leaves have also been used to treat epidemics of macular periotitis, which is associated with serious infectious diseases and pyogenic inflammation associated with meningitis and flu. Garland [31] reported its use in the enormous inflammation of the skin of the St. Anthony’s fire, a dreaded disease that was widespread in the Middle Ages. [Sources: 5, 8]

Leaf extracts are used for their anabolic, astringent, and detergent properties. Leaves are also used for pharyngitis, laryngitis, erysipelae and carbuncles, and prevent hepatitis A, epidemic meningitis, and inflammation. Woad (Isatis tinctoria), also called Woad, has been used for thousands of years as a dye. [Sources: 5, 8, 11]

The biennial plant forms basal rosettes of leaves and Woad in the first year and a 5-6 tall stalk in the second year. May the Woad blooms to abundant small spray cans of neon yellow flowers before it ripens to small black seeds before it dies (Roberts, 2010). Seeds of this plant have been found in archaeological sites from the Neolithic and Stone Age. [Sources: 11, 13]

Treatment after harvesting can influence the chemical composition of the plant (Maugard, 2001). Extracts from leaves, roots, and seeds contain various phytochemicals (Poppy seeds and hamburgers, 2008). [Sources: 13]

This is due to the astringent effect of the plant, which impedes healing. It should be noted that woad dyes and pigments have an astringent effect. Rush notes that the human body removes these pigments from the wounds, leaving marks and scars. [Sources: 7]

Check out my post on gans about the special technique I use to make a tincture of leaves and roots of Isatis spp. I hope you consider contacting and processing woad leaves and roots and bringing them to your garden to appreciate their antiviral and antibiotic properties and woad blues. This unique color can not be duplicated by chemical dyes. If you are in zone 5 or warmer, put on Isatis indigotica (Chinese Woad) as a dye for dyeing in the wild. [Sources: 6]

Today’s guest post on the Herbal Academy of New England blog uses one of my favorite herbs, Woad, as a natural antiviral. Woad and other Isatis spp. It has been used for thousands of years in traditional Chinese medicine because of its unique ability to prevent viruses such as influenza and measles from reproducing in human cells. Woad has an antiviral effect, but it is also a natural antibiotic and can prevent secondary infections. [Sources: 6]

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