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Common Name: SPEEDWELL
Scientific Name: Veronica officinalis

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  • Perennial
  • Speedwell is native to Europe.
  • The common name 'Speedwell' (Goodbye) refers to the rapid fall of the corollas if the flower spikes are picked.
  • Speedwell is a creeping mat-forming, hairy perennial with stems 7 to 45cm long, varying in length according to the soil.
  • The toothed leaves are opposite, shortly stalked and about 2.5cm long.
  • Speedwell bears erect, spike-like clusters of tiny lilac-blue, veined flowers from late spring to early summer.
  • It prefers dry, slightly acid soil in sun or partial shade.

Culinary Uses

  • The dried herb may be added to tea blends.

Parts Used

  • Plants are cut when flowering and dried for infusions.

Medicinal Uses. It is said that

  • Speedwell is faintly aromatic - but after drying, it is inodorous.
  • It has a bitter, warm and somewhat astringent taste and is considered to be diuretic, cough remedy and stomachic.
  • It was once highly regarded as a healthy, relaxing herbal tea and tonic.
  • For herbal tea: use 1-2 tsp. of dried herb per cup of hot water.
  • An infusion of speedwell can be used as a wash for irritated or infected skin and as a gargle for mouth and throat soars.
  • Recent studies have shown Speedwell tea may be an effective preventative treatment for stomach ulcers.
  • Speedwell can also be used in herbal salves for chronic skin problems.
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