Bedstraw was initially known as lady’s bedstraw and took its name from the fact that it was used as a herbal mattress in treating disorders of the uterus and to ease the pain of childbirth.
Benefits Of Lady’s Bedstraw
The strength of this herb is its versatility from being an essential ingredient in many cosmetic mixes to being touted as a cure for cancer of the tongue and being incorporated in a wide-ranging herbal recipe for leukemia.
With its diuretic (promoting the flow of urine) and alternative (gradual restoration of the body to full health) actions, it is excellent as a lymphatic tonic in the case of swollen glands anywhere in the body, particularly adenoids and tonsillitis, under which circumstances it needs to be taken daily.
Our body relies on the lymphatic system to drain away toxins and bedstraw facilitates the expulsion of these toxins via the urinary system. It is also useful in the treatment of eczema, psoriasis as well as in combating arthritis. In all three conditions the body needs cleansing and it is as a cleanser that bedstraw is invaluable.
Bedstraw is a reliable remedy for serious kidney disorders, particularly if the herb is mixed with golden rod and dead nettle. The herb is also reputed to have anti-tumour properties. Noted herbalist Richard Wilford in his book. Health Through Medicinal Herbs, wrote that “rinsing with drinking bedstraw tea is an excellent remedy for cancer of the tongue”.
Bedstraw also has many uses in herbal cosmetics. The infusion applied to the skin is said to clear the complexion and it can be used as a hair rinse to eliminate dandruff.
Lady’s Bedstraw Herb Uses
If you suffer from a kidney disorder, mix 25g bedstraw with 25g dead nettle and 25g golden rod. Take a tea spoon of the mixture and infuse it in a cup of hot water. Make and drink this concoction three to four times a day, according to need.
If you suffer from leukemia or come from a family with a history of this disease, take 25g bedstraw, 20g speedwell, 20g sweet violet, 25g yarrow, 30g elder flower, 30g calendula, 30g stinging nettle, 15g of St .John’s wort, 15g dandelion root and 2og meadowsweet.
Use eight teaspoons of the above mixture to make two liters of tea. Add three tablespoons of Swedish Bitters to the brew once it has cooled. Sip throughout the day.
I know making such a remedy can seem daunting, but I pass it on because leukemia is so often a condition which attacks children and I know how desperate their parents are to see them well again.