Scientific Name(s): Prunella vulgaris
How: raw, tea, cooked
Where: borders, woods, fields, wastelands, full sun, light shade
When: spring, summer
Nutritional Value: medicinal compounds
Bed of heal's all plants while flowering.
Heal's all bed before flowering.
Individual heal's all plant.
Close-up of heal's all flower stalk before flowering.
Close-up of heal's all flower.
Heal's All in the summer after going to seed.
Heal's all is often considered to be the best all-around medicinal plant. Other names for it include selfheal, heart-of-the-earth, and woundwort. According to legend and also Peterson's Guide to Medicinal Plants heal's all will take care of problems with lungs, liver, kidneys, blood, joints, cancers, ulcers, tumors, swellings, and back trouble. The usual method of ingestion is as a leaf tea or alcohol extraction. I also like chopping the leaves up and adding them to any rice I am cooking.
The plant can be air-dried for latter use. as tea, but the alcohol extraction is best done with fresh leaves.