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Wall Germander – Teucrium chamaedrys

Teucrium chamaedrys

Wall GermanderWall Germander

Common name: Wall Germander
Latin name: Teucrium chamaedrys
Other names: Dwarf Germander, Hedge Germander, Wild Germander
Family: Lamiaceae
Habitat: Wall Germander is native to the Mediterranean region. The plant grows well in full sun and on well-drained soil.
Description: Wall Germander is an evergreen, perennial plant, with a creeping rootstock. It reaches height of 30 cm. Leaves are opposite, dark-glossy, very similar to oak leaves. Flowers are aromatic, mint-scented and purple to pink in color. Blossoms appear in early summer, growing in whorls from the leaf axils.  Whole plant is hairy.
Parts used: Whole plant
Medicinal use: Wall Germander is considered to have diaphoretic, diuretic, stimulant and tonic properties. It  has been used in ancient Greece as a treatment for numerous disorders, such as arthritis, gall bladder disorders, gout, loss of appetite, and for weight loss. It was also used as a tonic in cases of fevers, and was recommended for uterine obstructions.
Safety: Some incidents of hepatitis and liver disorders were connected to the use of Wall Germander. There is a variety of hybrids which are not suitable for medicinal use. It is necessary to consult your herbalist before taking this herb.

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