YELLOW BEDSTRAW (Galium verum) – VAST EFFECTS
It is a plant with yellow flowers, small and thick like a stars rain , with a sweet scent and a contrasting taste – strong bitter. In traditional medicine it is more known as a magical plant than as a medicinal plant, but its therapeutic virtues are undeniable.
Bedstraw grass is a powerful healing (especially external) has benefactress influence on the activity of the thyroid gland (mechanism of action is still unclear), having a digestive stimulant role through through its bitter principles. Bedstraw flowers extract baths apparently have a strong refreshing and immune stimulant, being successfully used in traditional medicine for prophylaxis infectious diseases , re-rejuvenation and combating rheumatism.
INTERNAL: – antirheumatic -strong, antiseptic, intestinal and urinary antiseptic –medium-weak, gentle and very subtle psychic calming (there is even a brain arousal calming), healing –good, choleretic and cholagogue –medium, diuretic -good, laxative -weak, very good regulator of the thyroid gland activity, bitter tonic -medium, general tonic -good.
EXTERNAL: antirheumatic -good, antiseptic and healing -strong, cosmetic, helps remove skin stains.
INTERNAL:- hyper- and hypo-thyroid, thyroid nodules – powder. The best results are obtained when is combined with dyer’s broom (Genista tinctoria) and sticklewort (Agrimonia Eupatoria) in equal proportions. This mixture powder is administered one teaspoon three times per day. – thyroid and parathyroid cancer – powder (as in thyroid nodules). In addition gargles are made with an yellow bedstraw concentrated infusion and cataplasm on the neck. – rheumatism, urinary and kidney infection, skin diseases, poisoning (adjuvant) – combined infusion 3 cups per day on an empty stomach. In these conditions very good results are obtained by using yellow bedstraw as tincture, which is associated in equal proportions with juniper tincture. – hernia -powder. – nervousness, menopausal disorders, neurosis – cold macerate. It combines very well with lavender (Lavandula officinalis) and linden (Tilia spp.). In cases of hysteria or strong agitation will be used with valerian root. – diarrhea, enteritis, enterocolitis, entero-renal syndrome – combined infusion. – rash – combined infusion. 3-4 cups per day is administered in combination with pansy (Viola tricolor). – constipation – powder. It is recommended especially for those in which the disorder occurs amid tension states of inner restlessness, anxiety.
INTERNAL – is recorded successful the use of this plant (as adjuvant) as powder and combined infusion in: brain excitation, febrile illness (fever), epilepsy, hysteria, insomnia, fatigue states and weakness.
EXTERNAL:- wounds, wounds that don’t close –yellow bedstraw grass cataplasm, rheumatism, debility in children – super-concentrated combined infusion baths. – Spots on the skin (cosmetic remedy) – cataplasm. – erysipelas, skin rash – local baths with concentrated combined infusion.
PREPARATION AND ADMINISTRATION
The powder – finely ground the plant with an electric coffee grinder, then sieved through a flour sifter. Take, usually, a teaspoon 4 times per day on an empty stomach. The powder is put under the tongue for 10-15 minutes, then is swallowed with water. The powder can not be preserved longer than 10 days because it alters its properties.
The combined infusion (prescription to obtain 250 ml.) – 1-2 teaspoons of powder is allowed to soak in a half cup of water from evening to morning, when is filtered; keep the macerate, and scald the remaining powder in half a cup of hot water for 20 minutes, then allow it to cool; combine the two extracts; drink the preparation with a quarter of an hour before meal. Dose – 3 cups per day.
Super-concentrated combined infusion – just like the one prepared for internal use except that it will be more concentrated: 2-3 tablespoons of plant instead of 1-2 teaspoons.
Cataplasm – finely ground the plant with an electric coffee grinder, then mix in a bowl with warm water until is formed a paste that is placed in a gauze and is applied on the affected area.
– In hernia the yellow bedstraw is associated very well with carminative plants (thyme, oregano, cumin) – in thyroid diseases and cancer the yellow bedstraw treatment will be on long-term in alternation of 4 months administration with 1 month pause.- yellow bedstraw more than other plants have a certain selectivity of therapeutic action, being more effective in some structures. So if for some cystitis or rheumatism ill patients it proves to have moderate effects, for a person very compatible with this plant the effects will be of high intensity. Obviously, to find out how compatible we are by taking this plant we only have to test.
CONTRAINDICATIONS: None known.