Prunella vulgaris – Self-heal

Page Created by Connecticut Foraging Club
Upcoming Events | Meet the Instructors | Plant Archive | Mushroom Archive

Self-heal/ “Heal-all” (Prunella vulgaris) is a native edible and medicinal plant in the mint family.
Self-heal can be identified by its opposite leaves, square stem, and purple flowers that appear mid-late summer. It is found in woodland edges and meadows.
All above ground parts can be used as an edible or medicinal. It has a slightly bitter taste, somewhat reminiscent of lettuce. Self-heal can be air dried to use for teas, tinctures, or salves. It has been used for problems of the stomach, intestines, throat, and lymphatic system.

Written by Amy Demers, founder of the Connecticut Foraging Club. To learn more about foraging in Connecticut, check out our upcoming classes.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Stellaria media – Chickweed

Chickweed (Stellaria media) is a common edible green that was brought here from Europe. Chickweed can be identified by its teardrop-shaped leaves that grow opposite

Read More »