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Health Benefits of Brooklime
Although the medicinal value of the brooklime plant is not very significant, the whole plant is useful for restoring normal health. The plant helps to protects against scurvy; reduces high fever; emenagogue; slightly diuretic increasing the outflow of urine. In addition, when the plant is added to meals, it functions as a purgative. The following are the few of the health benefits of Brooklime

1. Skin Disorders

The herb was used to treat gout and swellings in other parts of the body during 14th century. Some suggest that the leaves of the herb can also be applied to the skin to treat wounds, burns, sores, atopic eczema, boils, rashes and whitlows (an infection of the toe and fingers).

2. Scurvy

Brooklime is popularly associated with the treatment of Scurvy, which is caused due to the deficiency of Vitamin C in the body. In early times, a particular infusion known as the spring juice was made to treat Scurvy using the juices of Brooklime, scurvy grass and seville orange.

Even today, the antiscorbutic properties of the herb are valued in folk medicine. Brooklime is also mentioned in the Pharmacopoeia of England as a possible cure for scurvy.

3. Other Benefits

Brooklime is also associated with the treatment of liver problems, blood impurity, high fever, low urine production and painful urination, Scrofula, cold, cough, constipation and hemorrhoids. Frequent use of brooklime in your daily schedule is quite beneficial to get all these benefits.

Traditional uses and benefits of Brooklime

In earlier days the leaves were applied to wounds.
They are sometimes bruised and put on burns.
An infusion of the leaves is recommended for impurity of the blood, an ounce of them being infused in a pint of boiling water.
Brooklime was used for many complaints, including swellings, gout, etc. during fourteenth century.
Herb was mentioned in the Pharmacopoeia of England and was recommended as an herbal remedy to treat scurvy and Scrofula, a form of tuberculous infection of the lymph nodes mostly in the neck.
Brooklime was used in folk medicine as an herb to ease painful urination, to treat respiratory ailments such as colds and cough, for loss of appetite, constipation, dysentery, liver ailments and hemorrhoids.
It has been used traditionally to treat atopic eczema, rashes, boils, burns and wounds.
Whole plant is alterative, antiscorbutic, very mildly diuretic, emenagogue and febrifuge.
It is of little benefit as a medicinal herb, but has a beneficial laxative effect when included in the diet.
Leaves are used in the treatment of scurvy, impurity of the blood etc.
Plant is bruised and applied externally as a politic on burns, ulcers, whitlows, etc.
Herb is used as an alternative medicine and protects against scurvy, reduces high fever and is emenagogue as well as slightly diuretic increasing the outflow of urine.
Additionally, when this herb is added to meals, it functions as a purgative.
Herbalists often prescribe the herb to heal scurvy (a disease caused by shortage of vitamin C) and also to cleanse the blood.
Herb is pounded and made into a poultice to apply externally to heal sores, burns, whitlows (infectivity of the toe and fingers) and other similar problems.
Although the brooklime plant’s ability to stop bleeding is not significant, in earlier times, herbal medical practitioners used the herb to heal open wounds.
It is also used for constipation, liver complaints, dysentery and lung conditions.
Drug has been reported to be effective against bleeding of the gums.
Ayurvedic Health benefits of brooklime

Skin: Apply the fresh juice to get relief in chronic skin diseases.
Gout: Drink the fresh juice of Speedwell 3-4 times a day.
Sore Throat: Steep 2 tbsp herb in half cup of boiling water for 10 minutes. Gargle with this lukewarm water 2-3 times a day.
Eczema: Pick the flowering tops of the herb and make a tea. Use as a wash for eczema and other skin diseases.
Expectorant: Boil the flowering tops of speedwell in some water to make a tea. Drink hot twice a day.
Culinary Uses

Dried herb can be used as an herbal tea, usually with other herbs.
Raw leaves of the herb may be mixed with salads or with watercress, another partially aquatic plant that is used as salads, in soups and for garnishing.
Leaves of the brooklime plant may also be cooked with along other tasty and aromatic green leafy vegetables.