Sanicle, botanically known as sanicula marilandica, is a herbaceous, flowering plant. It is native to British Columbia and the northwestern region of the US. The plant also goes by other names such as pool root, wood sanicle, and black snakeroot. It thrives in well-watered areas with rich soil and preferably under shade.
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Sanicle, just like prunella vulgaris, (woundwort) is known as self-heal due to its ability to resolve a wide variety of health problems. Most of the time, only the aerial parts of the plant – flowers, leaves, and stems – are used for medicinal purposes as they contain anti-fungal, alterative, anti-viral, depurative, astringent, and antioxidant properties.
Sanicle’s health benefits include:
Treating and healing wounds
Sanicle has been used for generations to treat cuts, bruises, and wounds. The herb is known to contain compounds that reduce inflammation, fight infections and speed up healing. In addition, extracts from this herb assist in wound contraction and collagen maturation.
Resolves internal health problems
Sanicle contains compounds with anti-hemorrhagic qualities. These help in stopping and stanching excess internal bleeding which makes it handy for resolving hemorrhages in the gastrointestinal tract and the respiratory system. It is also ideal for reducing menstrual bleeding, treating hemorrhoids and curing fevers.
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Enhancing the immune system and detoxifying blood
Toxins are poisonous compounds within organisms or living cells. Some of these poisonous substances occur in the human body as a result of metabolism and other factors. With time, these toxins accumulate in the body and can overwhelm the body’s defenses resulting in many chronic conditions.
Since sanicle has antioxidative and detoxifying properties, it is ideal for protecting the body against the effects of free radicals which cause inflammations. In addition, it helps the body to get rid of toxins through detoxification.
Sanicle contains expectorant properties which make it handy for resolving congestion and other problems affecting the respiratory system. It has a soothing action on the respiratory system and thins mucus to help the body get rid of it.
Sanicle has been used to shrink cancerous tumors for years. Its anti-oxidant effects appear to be the compounds responsible for shrinking and destroying tumor cells. However, more research is required to find out the full effects of this herb in the fight against cancer and the different types of tumors it can resolve.
With all the benefits outlined above, it is easy to see why sanicle is considered a gift of nature to mankind. So, how about having this herb growing in your backyard?