Antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties demonstrated by scientific studies, useful to counteract cough, cold, bronchitis and more in general seasonal illnesses, helpful to keep under control the levels of cholesterol and atherosclerosis, detox effect, against skin illnesses and eczema, calming and digestive action.
Speedwell, scientific name Veronica officinalis, is a plant of the Plantaginaceae family already known by the ancient Germanic peoples thanks to its beneficial properties. In addition to this, speedwell is also described by the well known herbalist Maria Treben. Speedwell grows spontaneously on dried soils and is characterized by a high purifying action, helps keep under control the cholesterol and is able to prevent atherosclerosis. This plant has a soothing action in case of eczema and itches. In addition to this, you can use the speedwell in order to improve digestion and as a calming remedy, a cup of its herbal tea is indeed the perfect drink for the evening before going to bed. Speedwell is also characterized by anti-inflammatory and expectorant properties, for this reason it is considered useful to counteract the seasonal illnesses caused by cold and closed spaces. This effect has been studied from the scientific point of view and the results of the research, performed in vitro on human lung cells, have been published in 2013 on the Journal of ethnopharmacology by a team of the University Medical Center Freiburg, Germany. In particular, the study has demonstrated the anti-inflammatory effect and has tried to explain it on a molecular level, but it is clear that further studies should be performed before a clinical trial. Another study, performed in 2015 and published on the International Journal of molecular science by a group of Romanian scientists has highlighted and demonstrated that speedwell has antioxidant and antimicrobial properties against strains Staphylococcus aureus, Listeria monocytogenes and Listeria ivanovii. Finally, speedwell is also useful against rheumatism and gout. There aren’t any side effects for taking speedwell but it is always better to ask your doctor for advice during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Let’s see the main uses.
Bring to boil a cup of water, then remove from heat and add a teaspoon full of dried plant, you can find it in herbalist’s shops. Leave to brew for some minutes then filter. You can drink the herbal tea or use it as a poultice to apply on skin with eczema.
You can find the speedwell also in the form of mother tincture, you can take 30 drops two times a day without food and in a glass water.
In order to treat different skin illnesses but especially against eczema the herbalist Maria Treben said that a good remedy is represented by the juice of speedwell, you just have to rinse the flowering tops and blend them with a blender. The juice can be kept in the fridge, take a teaspoon twice a day.