Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Orchis mascula (L.)L.

English Name : Early Purple Orchis

Family : Orchidaceae

Plant up to 60cm tall. Purple spotted leaves. Pink-purple flowers 12-16mm.

Woodland, copses and open pastures in base rich soils

Parts Used : Tuber and flower

Herb Effects
Nutritive, astringent, expectorant, antidiarrheal and demulcent

Active Ingredients
A volatile oil, bitter compound and mucilage.

Medicinal Use
As a tonic to increase nerve strength and as an aphrodisiac; in dysentery, diarrhea and persistent fever; in the treatment of irritations of the gastro-intestinal canal; The young flower extract is used in treating premature ejaculation and erectile dysfunction.


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