Purslane Plant Benefits

The purslane plant was cultivated in ancient times as a vegetable to be consumed in salads, though at present, there are peasants who regard it as a weed. Its medicinal applications are still used.

purslane plant flower

Healing Properties

The whole plant contains a high amount of mucilage, which is its most crucial active component and gives the plant emollient, anti-inflammatory, and laxative properties. It also contains vitamin C, to which it owes its antiscorbutic properties. Purslane has diuretic and depurative properties, though the causative active component is unknown.

This plant is applied for chronic constipation. As a diuretic and depurative plant, it is recommended for obesity or rich diets. Due to its soothing and anti-inflammatory properties, it is beneficial for cystitis and kidney stones.

In an external application, it is used in poultices for blepharitis (eyelid inflammation) and conjunctivitis.

Purslane Plant Scientific Facts

  1. Scientific Name – Portulaca oleracea L.
  2. Other Names – Common purslane, pursley.
  3. French – Pourpier.
  4. Spanish – Verdolaga.
  5. Environment – Sandy soils near rivers or old farming lands all over Europe. This plant is widespread in America.
  6. Description – The Portulacaceae family’s annual creeping plant, with thick, juicy stems and small, oval-shaped, fleshy leaves, white on their undesirable. Its flowers are small and yellow.
  7. Parts of the plant used medicinally – The leaves and fresh stems.

How to use Purslane

  1. As a vegetable in salads, dressed with oil, salt, and lemon juice.
  2. Decoction with 100 grams of fresh plant per liter of water. Drink up to five cups.
  3. Poultices with the fresh plant, mashed.

REFERENCES

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. 518. Print. [purslane plant]

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