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.


Overview Information

Sweet woodruff is an herb. The parts that grow above the ground are used to make medicine.

People sometimes take sweet woodruff by mouth to prevent and treat lung, heart, stomach, liver, gallbladder, and urinary disorders, among many others. Some people apply sweet woodruff directly to the skin for wounds and hemorrhoids. But there is no good scientific research to support the use of sweet woodruff for any of these or other uses.

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.


Uses & Effectiveness?

Insufficient Evidence for

More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of sweet woodruff for these uses.

Side Effects

Side Effects & Safety

Sweet woodruff is LIKELY SAFE in when consumed in amounts normally found in food. It is POSSIBLY SAFE when used in medicinal amounts, short-term. Sweet woodruff can cause headaches, dizziness, blackouts, and possibly liver damage when used long-term or in large amounts.

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

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There is not enough reliable information about the safety of taking sweet woodruff if you are pregnant or breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.

Bleeding disorders: Sweet woodruff contains certain chemicals that might slow blood clotting. This might increase the risk of bruising and bleeding in people with bleeding disorders.

Surgery: Sweet woodruff contains certain chemicals that might slow blood clotting. It might cause extra bleeding during and after surgery. Stop using sweet woodruff at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery.


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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.

View References


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