Common Istod (Polygala vulgaris L.)

Istod vulgaris is a perennial herbaceous plant of the genus Istodaceae (Plygalaceae).


A small perennial herbaceous plant with an ascending stem, 15-25 cm tall; leaves are small, alternate, lanceolate, sessile, pointed. The flowers are bilaterally symmetrical, bright blue, collected in a rare raceme without a tuft at the top. Blossoms in May-July. Ordinary istod is not often found throughout the country in meadows, in bushes, on slopes.

Contains active substances:

Istod vulgaris contains saponins.

Medicinal use:

An aqueous decoction of the whole plant is drunk for inflammation of the upper respiratory tract, diseases caused by elevation, heaviness, heart disease, hernia, and uterine bleeding; small babies are bathed when frightened; with tumors do baths.

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