My pet hate when researching a wild plants medicinal value is when a plant has a virtual library of medicinal uses that are confusing to say the least it can be very a off putting even to the point of a complete disbelief in any practical use at all and determining the realistic and effective uses can be quite a task Solomon’s seal is probably the exception to the rule it has numerous medicinal uses each of them holding impressive results .
My first thoughts on Solomon’s seal was it’s almost alien in appearance in comparison to most woodland plants and is stands out quite predominantly it’s single arched stem with alternate leaves that have heavy parallel veins
it is elegant and stands tall and is one of the few plants that is able to poke above the vast carpets of ramsons .
Each plant shoots a single stem , this produces the leaf , flower and seed the flowers hang like small bells from the joint of each leaf I have observed numbers varrieing from one to three
These then change into green berries that turn a deep purple ,
The berries of Solomon’s seal are Not edible and should not be eaten .
Unlike many wild roots these are almost always easy to harvest and the long trailing root is generally found only a few inches under the soil they are fleshy light in colour with the scar from the previous years stem in intervals along the root this is sometimes reefered to as the seal .
It’s the root that is centrally important on all levels and undoubtedly most important is the method from which harvesting is practiced , each seal on the root is a representation of above ground plant growth I have what I call my home patch of plants that I have been harvesting for a few years you may think that being the aim of harvesting is the root that a patch could easily become deminished quickly but in truth with a very small amount of effort your patch can increase quickly simply half each root once dug cutting between two seals then half one peice again and replant the two small peices, next year these will re-shoot and produce plants quite happily .
Getting to grips with a plants medicinal uses that has been referred to historically as ” a gift from god ” can be an exciting process solomans seal has some fantastic every day applications that can be used without risk ,
The root of Solomon’s seal is not toxic in any application , both internally or externally
Solomon’s seal first really hit my radar as a good alternative to arnica which is widely used by herbalists throughout the world to treat damage to bones and surrounding tissue and itself is a fantastic healing plant unfortunately it is not a plant that grows wild in the south of England so I as I often do I looked for wild alternatives and was far from dissappointed by Solomon’s seal .
The root is dried before making a salve to dry the root in a effective way thinly slice the root and dry .
It is applied topically and unlike a lot of herbal medicines this includes on broken skin , cuts and grazes and has a soothing and healing effect on all of the above it also has fantastic healing ability on connective tissue and tendon damage , this is why medicinally it is referred to as a adaptigenic herb ,
Adaptigenics , in essence are balancers adding or reducing needed factors such as heat , tightness , luberacation ect
as it connects with the damaged area on a cellular level and assess the required help needed individually in essence it communicates with the body and gives help as required a real intelligent medicine , using both the salve and the tea in treatment of any musculoskeletal ailment especially all types of inflammation and due to it’s ability to aid the body’s natural lubricatation of dry and damaged joints it’s particularly good for arthritis .
musculoskeletal covers injury’s or problems with bones, muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves, and cartilages.
Without doubt my most used tincture is Solomon’s seal , mullien leaf and golden rod it seems joint pain is something we all have to look forward to in our more mature years on several occasions I have substituted the golden rod for marestail when the bone is damaged with possitive results . The tea has a host of listed medicinal uses from immuno stabilisation to infection prevention to gastric balancing I’m going to cover the uses I’ve used with possitive effect firstly using the tea as a expectorant
Expectorant : is a medicine that can effectively thin and breakup mucus buildups that cause congestion
It works very well one thing I will say is be prepared to cough and spit the mucus once it is lose , the build up of the mucus itself is the base that bacteria can grow and Inturn create infection , coupled with solomon seals antibacterial qualities expelling the flem / mucus is key in rapid treatment of congestive ailments , I have found it unrivalled in effectiveness when treating dry and iritating throat and coughs ,
The tea is best made from half a tea spoon of dried seal root per each cup of water and where possible leaving the root to seap for a 12 hr period to gain maximum medicinal effect will drastically increase your treatments effectiveness ,
I recently offered a good friend Solomon’s seal root tea combined with white dead nettle blossom to try and help with painfull menstral cycles
No comericial pain relief had been able to calm what was explained as heavy and painfull , I hold high regard for using Solomon’s seal root tea in this way as a person who was very negitive towards herbal medicine in fact a complete cynic towards it’s applications has now requested more on several occasions and openly shares her new found respect for natures healing gifts .
Id love to hear of any personal experiences of use in any applications effective or not .