Sweet Woodruff

What other names is Sweet Woodruff known by?

Aspérula, Asperula odorata, Aspérule, Aspérule Odorante, Galii Odorati Herba, Galium odoratum, Master of the Wood, Petit Muguet, Reine des Bois, Thé Suisse, Waldmeister, Woodruff, Wordward.

What is Sweet Woodruff?

Sweet woodruff is an herb. The parts that grow above the ground are used to make medicine, though medicinal use has tapered off in many countries around the world.

People take sweet woodruff for preventing and treating lung, stomach, liver, gallbladder, and urinary disorders. They also use it for heart problems, "blood purification," "weak veins," and other circulation problems.

Other uses include treating restlessness, agitation, hysteria, and trouble sleeping (insomnia). Sweet woodruff is sometimes used to relieve nerve pain (neuralgia) and migraine; cause sweating; loosen chest congestion; and increase the flow of urine to relieve water retention.

Some people apply sweet woodruff directly to the affected areas for skin diseases, wounds, vein problems, hemorrhoids, and swelling.

In foods and beverages, sweet woodruff is used as a flavoring.

In manufacturing, the extracts of sweet woodruff are used as fragrance in perfumes.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Lung disorders.
  • Stomach problems.
  • Liver and gallbladder ailments.
  • Urinary tract disorders.
  • Heart problems.
  • Nervousness.
  • Hemorrhoids.
  • Sleeplessness.
  • Migraines.
  • Water retention.
  • Skin problems.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of sweet woodruff for these uses.

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate (detailed description of each of the ratings).


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