The globe flower plant was known as the “terrible plant” during ancient classical times since it was frequently mistaken with tinnevelly senna, which has powerful laxative properties. Presently, we know its effects are less intense than tinnevelly senna, though the globe flower is still used as a laxative.
The entire plant contains a glycoside, globularin, which has purgative properties. It also includes heterosides, tannin, resin, and vitamin C. Besides its purgative, active properties, it has cholagogue (promotes the emptying of the gall bladder), sudorific, and mildly stimulant properties.
Never exceed the recommended doses since it can produce vomiting and severe diarrhea.
In the botanical gender Globularia, another species is very similar to this plant: Globularia alypum L., which is sometimes called lesser globularia. Globularia alypum, like the Vulgaris species, has blue flowers, though its leaves are smaller and grow along the stem. The medicinal properties of both plants are practically the same.
Globe Flower Plant Scientific Facts
- Scientific Name – Globularia Vulgaris L.
- Other Names – Golobularia, orange crest globe flower, Chinese globe flower, charming European globe flower.
- French – Globulaire.
- Spanish – Globularia.
- Environment – Central and southern Europe, spread and calcareous, dry, sunny soils.
- Description – Vivacious plant of the Globulariaceae family, growing from 15 to 20 cm high, with oval leaves growing in a basal rose and bright yellow flowers.
- Parts of the plant used medicinally – The leaves.
How to use Globe Flower
- Decoction with 40 to 50 grams of leaves per liter of water, boiling for 15 minutes. Drink a cup at night before going to bed and another on an empty stomach in the morning.
George D. Pamplona-Roger, M.D. “Encyclopedia of Medicinal Plants.” George D. Pamplona-Roger, M.D. Encyclopedia of Medicinal Plants. Ed. Francesc X. Gelabert. vols. 2 San Fernando de Henares: Editorial Safeliz, 2000. 503. Print.