Scientific Name: Veronica officinalis 

It is the largest member of the Plantaginaceae family. There are around 500 species of veronica growing in clusters ranging in size from one to three feet.

Harvesting: The flowers are also harvested, dried, and stored for infusions.

Preserving: Dry or infuse leaves in oil or vinegar.

Risks: Be careful not to confuse speedwell with other plants. It has no known toxicity and is safe when used moderately.  It has no known side effects.

Constituents: Speedwell contains antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. It also has astringent properties.

Benefits: The plant contains compounds that are great for skin. It can help skin look younger and help overcome many skin complaints.

Speedwell is good to use for a foot bath.  To do this use 2 tablespoons of dried speedwell and 2 cups of water.  Bring to a boil with low to medium heat.  Simmer covered for 45 minutes.  Strain and let sit until it cools.


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