Figwort Herb Cut & Sifted, Wild Crafted

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Common figwort, also called woodland figwort, is a succulent that occurs naturally in damp regions throughout eastern North America.

In accordance with the principles of the Doctrine of Signatures, 16th century physicians used the plant for throat issues because of the shape of the plant's flowers. Today, the herb is primarily used in the preparation of skin salves and ointments.

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approximate cups to one pound10
originunited states
active compoundsFlavonoids, Pphenolic acids, Cardiactive Glycosides, Aucubin, Acetylharpagide, Harpagoside
plant part usedaerial parts
processingcut & sifted
sustainabilitywild crafted

buying & keeping

general guidelines and tips

storage tipsStore in a container with an airtight lid in a cool, dark place.
appearance & aromaLeafy green without remarkable aroma.


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cosmeticInfuse in oil, tincture or decoct for use in liniments, salves and balms. May also be applied moist as a poultice.
culinaryNot particularly palatable as tea, but may be tinctured or encapsulated as a dietary supplement.
safetyDo not use during pregnancy or if you have ventricular tachycardia (fast heart rate).

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cut & sifted
figwort herb

Not for general culinary use due to bitter flavor and astringency.

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what else you should know

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figwort herb

Figwort is a perennial herb that inhabits moist woodland settings throughout Britain, Norway, Spain and temperate Asia. Because the plant has stems with four-sided grooves, it is also known as carpenter's square.

The genus name of figwort is another story, and a testament to its former relevance in Medieval Europe. It is adapted from the word scrofula, which refers to a type of tuberculosis that affects the lymph nodes in the neck, a skin affliction known at the time as "the king’s evil." There were three methods of salvation from the disease: a touch on the head or shoulder from the ruling monarch of England or France, the possession of a minted coin-like amulet called an angel, or the application of an ointment prepared from figwort.

Description: Figwort is a perennial plant that grows up to 3 feet tall. Figwort has brown flowers, green seed capsules, and oval shaped leaves. It grows in Europe, Asia, and North America. The herb is harvested in the summer when it is flowering.

Safety: Figwort should not be taken by anyone with a heart condition. Consult your health care provider before beginning use of Figwort or any herb.

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This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.
This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

please be advised: 
Before making any changes to your diet you should always consult with your doctor,
especially if you are pregnant, nursing or have existing conditions.