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Common Braunelle (Prunella vulgaris)

Common Braunelle (Prunella vulgaris)


antihypertensive, liver-friendly, antibiotic, antibacterial, antiviral, astringent, anti-inflammatory, astringent, antispasmodic, wound-healing

Areas of application:

Sore throats, throat and throat infections such as angina, mouth and tooth ulcers, diphtheria, febrile illnesses, cold sores, swelling of the lymph glands, jaundice (jaundice), herpes infections, inflammation of the parotid gland and other glandular swellings, fresh wounds, cuts, burns, skin wounds, stimulates and strengthens the immune system, relieves seasonal allergies, strengthens kidney function, lowers blood pressure

Plant parts used:

whole herb

Collection time:

June to September

To find:

On the edges of meadows and paths (you should not collect herbs that grow in busy streets, etc.!!!)


Triterpenes, tannins, lignins, rosmarinic acid, vitamins B, C and K


☕ Tea: Pour 1 cup of boiling water over 1 to 2 dried herbs and let it steep for 10 to 15 minutes. 3 cups per day are sufficient.

The small Braunelle grows to a height of 10 to 50 cm and is a perennial plant. The flowers have a light purple upper lip and a whitish, fringed lower lip, as well as a light green or reddish calyx with hairy edges. The fruit contains 4 tiny seeds. The opposite leaves are lance-shaped and 2.5 to 7.5 cm long. They grow on one or more upright stems. The leaves have white hairs on the underside along the central vein. The leaf edges can be smooth or lined with blunt teeth. The root is a fibrous rhizome with a root crown and spreads via creeping stems that take root.

🛑 Long-term use in high doses affects internal organs, including the liver and kidneys. The small brownnock can cause allergic reactions such as rash, nausea, itching and vomiting. Side effects may include dizziness, constipation and weakness. The safety of using the plant during pregnancy has not been proven.

In the kitchen, the young leaves and shoots before flowering can be used in salads, soups and various wild vegetable dishes.

In contrast to the other Prunella species, the small Braunelle has established itself as a medicinal herb. We know the other species as purely garden plants. We can recognize the European medicinal plant by its slightly hairy leaves and the purple-red flowers. I always recommend the Lüder family app, it's just great. If you don't know them yet, "Flora Incognita" and "Flora Capture". But I will go into this in more detail in another post.

In TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine), Braunelle is an important medicine for tuberculosis, cancer, AIDS and so on. With us, however, it has been forgotten. Which I think is a shame because this little plant can do so much. Among other things, a Chinese microbiologist reported its effectiveness against herpes viruses. The small blisters on the lips that many people are familiar with, but also in the genital area, an anti-herpes cream/ointment or an essence is very effective. Unfortunately, these are not available to buy ready-made from us.

Tip: You can also buy herbs at the pharmacy and if you don't want to make the ointment yourself, you can talk to the pharmacist about what you want.

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