Common name: Rupturewort
Latin name: Hernaria glabra
Other names: Green Carpet, Smooth Rupturewort,
Habitat: The plant is native to Europe and North America.
Description: Rupturewort is a small annual plant or undershrub. It has fleshy leaves on creeping stems, forming a dense, green mat. Tiny white flowers without petals appear during summer.
Parts used: The whole plant, gathered when in flower
Useful components: Saponins, flavonoids, coumarins, tannic acids.
Medicinal use: Rupturewort is considered to have strong diuretic properties. It is recommended in cases of dropsy, kidney and bladder complaints, coughs and catarrh. In addition, Rupturewort can be used as a skin cleanser.
Safety: Some herbs could react with certain medication. Therefore, it is highly advisable to consult your doctor/herbalist before consumption of any herb.