Pasque Flower

Anemone pulsatilla, Ranunculaceae. It is also known as pulsatilla, wind flower and meadow anemone.

The dried aerial parts of the plant are used. The stalks should be collected at the time of flowering in spring.

Functions of pasque flower

Pasque flower:

  • is an excellent relaxing herb. Those who are debilitated feel depressed and irritable and who weep easily will benefit the most. It promotes sleep and relaxation which facilitates recuperation. It is useful in conditions related to:
    • nervous exhaustion,
    • depression,
    • insomnia,
    • tension headaches and
    • neuralgia.
  • is particularly helpful in spasm, pain and inflammation of both the male and female reproductive system. It relieves premenstrual tension, period pain, scanty or suppressed periods, inflammation and pain in the ovaries and painful conditions of the testes.
  • analgesic properties are useful during childbirth. It is recommended for sluggish, ineffectual and weak labour. After birth it may be useful for any kind of over excitement, postnatal depression and anxiety about the birth or the new baby.

Notes on pasque flower

  • Never use this plant fresh as it is poisonous.
  • Do not store the dried herb for more than one year.

Dosage

Infusion: pour a cup of boiling water onto 1/2 -1 teaspoonful of the dried herb and leave to infuse for 10-15 minutes. This should be drunk three times per day or when needed.

Tincture: take 1-2 ml of the tincture three times per day.

References

Hoffmann, D. 2000, The New Holistic Herbal. Element Pub.

McIntyre, A. 1995, The Complete Women's Herbal. Henry Holt Reference Books.

Mills, S. Y. 1989, The A-Z of Modern Herbalism: A Comprehensive Guide to Practical Herbal Therapy. Thorson.

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