What is Self Heal?
Self Heal is a creeping perennial herb with deep violet flowers. It is very commonly found growing among the grass in lawns.
What is Self Heal used for?
The leaves can be used in salads but taste bitter.
The juice of the plant has been used in traditional medicine to treat boils and the whole plant is used to treat cuts and inflammation.
The dried plant can be used to make a Chinese herbal drink and is an ingredient in a treatment for halitosis.
There are links to use for inflammatory bowel disease such as Crohn disease and ulcerative colitis, rheumatoid arthritis, problems in the stomach and intestines, sore throat, however there is little evidence it works.
As always I strongly recommend against using this or any other herbal treatment without professional advice.