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Dyer's rocket (Reseda luteola)


diuretic, diaphoretic, calming, pain relieving

Areas of application:

Sleep disorders, nervous restlessness, bruises, bruises, bruises

Plant parts used:

the above-ground parts of the plant

Collection time:

In the second year from June to September

To find:

In Western Asia and the Mediterranean, on forest fells, dry ruderal surfaces such as roadsides, rubble sites and rock rubble.


Flavonoids, luteolin, apigenin, mustard oils


The Dyer's rocket is a one- to two-year-old plant that can grow to a height of 40 to 150 cm. The stiff, upright stems are branched. In the first year, Dyer's rocket forms a rosette of leaves and in the second year they are alternate and spirally arranged on the stem, almost sessile leaves. They are linear to lanceolate with an entire margin that is often wavy. The stiff, racemose inflorescence has many flowers close together. The odorless flowers have four sepals and four light yellow petals. The upper petal has four to five lobes, the lateral ones have three lobes. Flowering time is between June and September. The capsule fruits contain many seeds.

In the kitchen you can use the flowers as an edible decoration for flower punch, salads and in a wide variety of dishes.

Dyer's Wau can be used to dye animal fibers such as wool and silk, but also linen. To do this, you use the entire above-ground herb.

The plant is also consecrated on the occasion of the Assumption of Mary and is said to protect against lightning strikes.

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