Cowslip, a traditional Scandinavian medicinal herb, has been used as a common home-remedy for colds, coughs and fevers, but also as a gentle sedative herb that soothes anxiety and insomnia. One of the greatest benefits is that it’s suitable for hyperactive children, since this honey-tasting herb is as gentle and mild as it is sweet.
Cowslip is great for:
Coughs & Colds
Cowslip has a relaxing effect on bronchial airways and mucous, so it is a great remedy to relieve coughs and colds. It is particularly useful to relieve age-related coughing, a nagging cough resulting from a weaker heart, causing fluid to build-up in the lungs.
It is used in the treatment of chronic coughs (especially those associated with chronic bronchitis and catarrh), flu and other respiratory issues, and it’s very good for inflammation. Also, it helps increase sweating, so it’s a good way to combat a fever.
Modern herbalists still make a skin cleaning lotion from cowslip. It is useful in treating acne, pimples, and other skin blemishes.Its unique cleansing properties remove dirt and open the pores of the skin, allowing for a fresher, smoother look.
Anxiety, Depression and Insomnia
Cowslip helps calm down feelings of anxiety and depression. Because of it’s sedating effect, generations used it in Europe as a home remedy for insomnia and emotional disturbances.
It intensifies the feelings of love, balances the inner being, and improves focusing power and concentration.
Cowslip has been used in preparation of sedative tea to treat hyperactivity and insomnia, as well as spasms or convulsions.
The flowers are milder, and the tea made out of them is known to calm hyperactive children and put them to sleep.
For those having trouble sleeping or falling asleep, it’s best to drink this tea just before going to sleep. Additionally, you can make a sleep-well combination of cowslip, lavender, hops and St. John’s wort.
Rheumatism and Arthritis
Cowslip helps to detox and cleanse the toxic elements responsible for rheumatism and arthritis. Since it’s mildly diuretic it also helps keep your urinary tract and kidneys functioning well and relieving any complaints or infections.
Allergies and Hayfever
In the Ayurvedic tradition, cowslip is often used to treat allergies and hayfever and all the unpleasant symptoms that come with them.
It is particularly beneficial if you combine it with elder flower, vervain and gentian root.
Since cowslip has a high level of salicylates, it acts as a natural aspirin, helping you to relieve any kind of troubling pain.