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Bistort

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Polygonum bistorta

 

 

 

Bistort (twice twisted) is also known as Snakeweed and Adderwort because of its s-shaped rootstock and it is this part of the plant that is used in herbal remedies. It is highly astringent and cooling. Powdered bistort is applied to wounds to stem the flow of blood and can be added to tooth powders to help relieve gum complaints.

 

A decoction can be made with the root and used as a mouthwash for gum complaints, mouth ulcers and as a gargle for sore throats. The decoction or powder can be added to herbal skin care creams and lotions for acne and blemished skin.

 

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