The lycopodium, scientific name Lycopodium clavatum, also known as ground pines or creeping cedar, is an evergreen plant belonging to the Lycopodyaceae family, it can be found in forests and mountainous areas. This remedy, used in herbal teas, has diuretic and laxative properties, useful in case of gout, rheumatism but also constipation and hemorrhoids, urinary tract infections and renal colic. Lycopodium herbal tea purifies the body from the toxins but protects also the liver and can be used in case of hepatitis or other diseases affecting this gland. As reported by the well known herbalist Maria Treben, for external use a compress of dried lycopodium can be applied at night to the area affected by cramps such as calves, neck and back. Again according to the famous herbalist, applying the lycopodium powder on sores, dermatitis, skin irritations caused by frictions gives immediate relief and helps heal in a short time.
The lycopodium should not boil, for this reason prepare a herbal tea in this way, bring to boil a cup of water, then remove it from heat and pour the water on a teaspoon of lycopodium, leave to brew briefly, then filter and drink a cup once a day before breakfast, in case of liver problems you can drink two cups. Do not exceed with the amount and avoid drinking the herbal tea for prolonged periods because the plant contains alkaloids with an irritating action and excessive use may cause intestinal colic.
According to herbalist Maria Treben, the licopodium, once dry, is put in a pillow and applied on the part affected by cramps. Depending on the size of the area, you can use 100 grams of plant or more.