Cudweed is an herb its parts that grow above the ground are commonly used to make medicine. It’s more formal name of the plant is called Gnaphalium polycephalum. Cudweed is a fine herb that has been reintroduced into this new millennium by the Amish.
Avoid confusion with cat’s foot (Antennaria dioica), which is also known as cudweed and with Pilosella officinarum, which is also known as mouse ear.
The topical application of cudweed, in conjunction with the acne product tretinoin (retinoic acid, vitamin A acid), may adversely affect the skin.
It may also have aphrodisiac and anti-depressant effects. It is used both internally and externally for numerous health problems.
Cudweed preparations have vasodilating and hypotensive properties, and slow down cardiac rhythm. Cudweed is also recommended for chronic enteritis, colitis and dysentery.
It’s good for constipations and haemorrhoids in the form of therapeutic enema. Cudweed decoction is taken internally for trombophlebitis.
It is used topically for wounds, ulcers and burns. A gargle and mouthwash of cudweed is said to soothe throat irritations, but no research has been done on the herb’s effects.
Herbs are a great addition to food, not just because, they add special flavour and spicy taste to our food, but also they contain many anti-microbial substances that help keep our food protected from these agents.
Cudweed may cause an allergic reaction in people who are allergic to the Asteraceae or Compositae plant family.
Members of this family include ragweed, chrysanthemums, marigolds, daisies, and many others. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important.
Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.
The appropriate dose of cudweed depends on several factors such as the user’s age, health, and several other conditions.
At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for cudweed.