Heartsease is an annual or short lived perennial plant, of creeping habit, grows up to 15cm. Acid or neutral soils, usually in partial shade. Native to Europe and is widely spread in North America. It is considered as a “blood purifier”, and therefore associated with treatment of all sorts of skin problems such as acne, dermatitis and itching.
Due to its expectorant properties, it is recognized as helpful in the treatment of bronchitis, asthma and whooping cough. It is also a good diuretic, and therefore advisable in treatment of arthritis and rheumatism.
It has a great traditional value it has been used by many nations as an important ornamental element for decorating gardens and parks. In folk medicine, this remedy is used in the form of tinctures, decoctions, poultices, or in the form of popular wild pansy tea.
It is a great natural source of such natural substances and nutrients as vitamin C, vitamin E, as well as magnesium, calcium and other minerals.
This herb may be employed to prevent bruising and broken capillaries, to check the build up of fluid in the tissues and to reduce atherosclerosis and in so doing help reduce blood pressure. In skin care treatments, an infusion or tincture of heartsease is used to help with skin problems such as acne, eczema and psoriasis, as well as for rough skin.
There is no scientific or clinical proof as far as the heartsease healing properties are concerned. While heartsease has a long history of use in alternative medicine, clinical trials on its benefits are lacking. No purported health benefits are attributed specifically when used in alternative medicine.
Contact a health care provider before using tea made from heartsease leaves, or ointments containing this herb to treat medical conditions. If you have a medical condition that might benefit from heartsease tea or ointments, ask your doctor if any more proven treatments might have benefit.