Candytuft

Other Names

Rocket candytuft, Bitter Candy Tuft, Candytuft, Iberide, Iberis amara, Ibéris Amer, Iberis coronaria, Schleifenblumen, Schleifenblume, Bittere Schleifenblume, Иберис, Иберийка, Ubiorek

Description

Candytuft is an erect plant, it is a bitter and blooms annually. It grows up to 12 inches and the flowers are a milky white. The flower clusters form a flat corymb. Its leaves are oblong and slightly toothed.

Ingredients

Glycosides, Vitamin C, Cucurbitacine, Amine

Collection period

July – August (flowering period)

Used Parts

Leaves, stem, seeds and roots

Uses

  • Asthma

  • Bronchitis

  • Cardiac complications

  • Gout

  • Rheumatism

Properties:

  • Antiscorbutic

  • Anti rheumatic

Application

Boil leaves into a concoction. Candytuft is sometimes used as a tonic with bitter taste.

Summary

Candytuft is a tonic that is bitter in taste. It aids digestive problems and can relieve bloating. Its seeds are useful in asthma and bronchitis treatment. The seeds have to be harvested when they are fully ripe.

Side Effects

In overdoses or too largeit is said to produce giddiness, nausea and diarrhoea.

References

  • Thomas Jefferson, proposalVirginia Constitution, 1 T. Jefferson Papers, 334,[C.J. Boyd, Ed., 1950]. http://www.botanical.com/botanical/mgmh/c/canbit17.html

  • Kasviatlas, University of Helsinki http://www.luontoportti.com/suomi/en/kukkakasvit/wild-candytuft

  • Medicinal Herbs: plant for the future. http://www.naturalmedicinalherbs.net/herbs/i/iberis-amara=rocket-candytuft.php

Candytuft

Iberis amara

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