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SWEET WOODRUFF

Other Names:

Aspérula, Asperula odorata, Aspérule, Aspérule Odorante, Galii Odorati Herba, Galium odoratum, Master of the Wood, Petit Muguet, Reine des Bois, Thé Suisse, Waldmeister, Woodruff, Wordward.

SWEET WOODRUFF Overview
SWEET WOODRUFF Uses
SWEET WOODRUFF Side Effects
SWEET WOODRUFF Interactions
SWEET WOODRUFF Dosing
SWEET WOODRUFF Overview Information

Sweet woodruff is an herb. The parts that grow above the ground are used to make medicine, though medicinal use has tapered off in many countries around the world.

People take sweet woodruff for preventing and treating lung, stomach, liver, gallbladder, and urinary disorders. They also use it for heart problems, “blood purification,” “weak veins,” and other circulation problems.

Other uses include treating restlessness, agitation, hysteria, and trouble sleeping (insomnia). Sweet woodruff is sometimes used to relieve nerve pain (neuralgia) and migraine; cause sweating; loosen chest congestion; and increase the flow of urine to relieve water retention.

Some people apply sweet woodruff directly to the affected areas for skin diseases, wounds, vein problems, hemorrhoids, and swelling.

In foods and beverages, sweet woodruff is used as a flavoring.

In manufacturing, the extracts of sweet woodruff are used as fragrance in perfumes.

How does it work?

Sweet woodruff contains ingredients that can help decrease swelling (inflammation) and kill germs.

SWEET WOODRUFF Uses & Effectiveness What is this?

Insufficient Evidence for:

  • Lung disorders.
  • Stomach problems.
  • Liver and gallbladder ailments.
  • Urinary tract disorders.
  • Heart problems.
  • Nervousness.
  • Hemorrhoids.
  • Sleeplessness.
  • Migraines.
  • Water retention.
  • Skin problems, when applied directly.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of sweet woodruff for these uses.


SWEET WOODRUFF Side Effects & Safety

Sweet woodruff seems safe in food amounts and when used in medicinal amounts short-term. It can cause headaches, blackouts, and liver damage when used long-term.

Not enough is known about the safety of putting sweet woodruff on the skin.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of sweet woodruff during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.

SWEET WOODRUFF Interactions What is this?

We currently have no information for SWEET WOODRUFF Interactions

SWEET WOODRUFF Dosing

The appropriate dose of sweet woodruff depends on several factors such as the user's age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for sweet woodruff. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.

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