White lamb

Perennial herbaceous plant with straight, slightly pubescent tetrahedral stems, up to 60 cm high. Leaves are ovate or heart-shaped on long petioles, opposite, large-serrated along the edge, similar to the leaves of nettle dioica, but not causing burns. The flowers are large (up to 20 cm long), white, clearly bilabiate. Arranged in whorls of 8-9 in the leaf axils; the corolla is shaggy on the outside, the fruit is a nutlet up to 3.5 mm long. Blooms from May to July. In flowering form, it can sometimes be observed until frost.

It grows in forests, among shrubs, near fences, in gardens and in weedy places. In the North Caucasus, it is found everywhere often, but not massively.

Medicinal raw materials are corollas of flowers, less often grass or tops of a flowering plant. Corollas of flowers should be harvested during the flowering period. Only well-developed unfaded corollas are to be collected, which must be dried immediately after collection. Drying will need to be done in the shade, in a ventilated area, spreading a thin layer on paper or canvas.

The flowers contain traces of alkaloids, flavonoids, histamine, tyramine, holil, tannins, saponins, essential oil, vitamin C, and a large amount of mucus.

In the form of an infusion, the flowers are taken orally for pulmonary, uterine and hemorrhoidal bleeding, inflammation of the kidneys, renal pelvis, bladder and urethra, for furunculosis, eczema and other skin diseases. A decoction of the flowers is taken internally as a powerful hemostatic agent. The action of flowers is especially effective when using juice from them (and sometimes from the grass itself).

Very useful is the white lamb, especially its flowers, in diseases of the respiratory tract (thanks to saponins and mucus), and its herb is in the treatment of dyspepsia and to improve appetite.

A decoction of the herb is also used in folk medicine for the treatment of scrofula, furunculosis and other pustular skin diseases, while it is used in the form of tea without a special dosage.

In a mixture with tricolor violet and with strawberry leaves in equal parts, the lamb is also useful for anemia, diseases of the kidneys and spleen (in the form of a decoction), scrofula, furunculosis, etc. (in the form of an infusion).


Infusion: 1 tbsp. a spoonful of dried flowers is brewed with a glass of boiling water, after cooling, filter and drink half a glass 3-4 times every day.

A decoction of herbs or flowers: 20 g per 200 ml; 1 cup 3 times every day or 1/2 cup 4 times every day as an infusion.

Fresh juice: before use, it is recommended to put in a water bath, then cool and take 1 glass (2 tablespoons) 3 times every day.

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