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Dittrichia viscosa


Dittrichia viscosa

(False yellowhead)


Botanical info: 

False yellowhead is an erect, densely glandular annual 20-50 cm tall, smelling of camphor. Flowering occurs during summer and autumn.  Its habitat includes dry riverbeds and abandoned fields but also roadsides and ruderal habitats, even in urban areas. It is native in the Mediterranean region.  


Hippocratic legacy: 

    a. In Nature of Women: 

        a. As a menstruation stimulant. 

    b. In Diseases of Women 1: 

        a. As placenta extraction stimulant. 

        b. For the abortion of dead embryo. 

    c. In Diseases of Women 2: 

        a. For the promotion of conception. 

        b. For uterus displacement. 


Other uses: 

Τhis plant is sticky and has a certain smell that most people find unpleasant. It contains an essential oil and has been used in traditional medicine since ancient times, especially in the Levant, as an astringent. A yellow dye substance has, since ancient times, been produced from its roots.


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