Purple loosestrife is an astringent herb that is mainly employed as a treatment for diarrhea and dysentery. It can be safely taken by people of all ages and has been used to help arrest diarrhea in breast-feeding babies.
Modern research has shown the whole plant to be antibiotic and to be particularly effective against the micro-organism that causes typhus. The flowering plant is antibiotic, highly astringent, hypoglycaemic, styptic and vulnerary. It is valued as an intestinal disinfectant. It is also used for its beneficial effects on irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), Crohn’s disease , and other digestive and colon related issues, such as colitis, spastic colon, and ulcerous colitis.
It can also be used to treat heavy periods and inter-menstrual bleeding, as well as internal bleeding, excessive menstruation etc.
These beautiful purple flowers are amazing for external use, helping you treat skin issues. Making a salve or washing your skin with a tea made from this herb is beneficial for all kinds of eczemas, dermatitis, wrinkles, acne, due to its astringent and antibacterial effects.It can be also used as a eye wash, to help treat conjuctivitis. Washing your feet with this tea will help manage foot odor.Using it externally as a washing liquid can be very helpful in cases of vaginal infections, inflammation, itchiness and vaginal discharge.