HealthMore than a symbol: The surprising health benefits of forget-me-nots

More than a symbol: The surprising health benefits of forget-me-nots

Forget-me-nots have amazing properties.
Forget-me-nots have amazing properties.
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8:23 AM EST, January 13, 2024

Health benefits of forget-me-nots

Despite their appearances in the odes of poets such as Kazimierz Przerwa-Tetmajer, Cyprian Norwid, and Juliusz Słowacki, in the wild, forget-me-nots are often dismissed as benign weeds. They bloom from April to October, gracing low mountains, fields, wastelands, and even railway tracks.

They command respect in herbal medicinal practice for their mucus, tannins, triterpene saponins, silica, and acid (rosemary, caffeic, and chlorogenic) content.

They exhibit anti-inflammatory, protective, antiviral, astringent, expectorant, and antibacterial properties. They effectively soothe respiratory tract and digestive system afflictions.

Periwinkles, an alternative name for forget-me-nots, showcase best results when employed alongside other plants possessing similar properties. Hence, many herbal cough and sore throat remedies incorporate forget-me-not herbs, along with thyme and plantain.

Forget-me-nots in skincare

Forget-me-nots fare well in skincare as they contain substantial silica, which aids in the formation of connective tissues and collagen protein, and enhances hair and nails while concurrently boosting brain function.

Creams and other cosmetics enriched with forget-me-not are chiefly advised for those grappling with dark circles and puffiness under the eyes. Here, a compress with fresh flowers can provide relief. Additionally, they serve well for fatigued and dry skin. The extract from these blue flowers moisturizes, prevents cracking, feeds and restores the skin, improves its hue, and imparts a refreshing touch.

How to utilize forget-me-not herbs?

Forget-me-not herbs can be employed externally, such as in a bath or as compresses for the eyes. One could even make infusions, tinctures, or juices from them.

However, one must not forget that these modest flowers contain pyrrolizidine alkaloids which, when consumed in ample quantities, can be toxic. As such, it is essential never to exceed the dosage recommended by your doctor or pharmacist when consuming internally.

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