Cowslip or Herb Peter

Cowslip is a small herb that grows in damp areas near forests and in cold climates. It has yellow-colored flowers with a rich aroma.

Its scientific name is Primula officinalis and belongs to the Primulaceae family. Common names: Cowslip, Herb Peter, palsywort, key flower, key of heaven.

This interesting plant has medicinal properties to be known as an expectorant, laxative, diuretic and to relieve pain. The roots and rhizomes are the parts of the plant contain more active ingredients are sometimes used flowers and leaves but are smaller concentrations of active substances.

The spring is effective for treating conditions such as colds, respiratory illnesses, asthma, flu, sinusitis, bronchitis, cystitis, edema, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, arthritis, neuralgia, bruises, bone or joint inflammation, bladder problems and the kidneys.

Cowslip is slightly toxic at high doses that produce contraindications such as dizziness and upset stomach. Also be careful when you touch the fresh medicinal plant because it contact can cause dermatitis, therefore it is convenient to buy it because it is ready for consumption.

It is important not to use home remedies based on plants without medical clearance to avoid negative effects. Especially in sensitive groups such as pregnant women and infants, children or people with chronic conditions.

The herbal medicine is effective but you have to manage the dose and duration of treatment to obtain good results.

Recipes from this medicinal plant:

This herb can be used internally and also externally in different preparations.

Decoction: A decoction can be constructed to drink with only 5 grams of rhizome and roots in 1 cup boiling water and let stand 10 minutes then you can consume. Up to 3 cups a day can be taken after each meal.

Infusion: can also be infused with 5 grams of leaves and flowers per liter of water. It may take up to 3 times a day.

Compress: To use this medicinal herb packs in outer parts of the body must prepare a decoction with 100 grams of roots and rhizomes per liter of water should boil until reduced by more than half of its volume and then apply compresses the affected area.