Herbs Guide


Family Name: Compositae

Botanical Name(s): Senecio Jacobaea

Popular Name(s): St. James-Wort, Ragweed, Stinking Nanny, Staggerwort, Cankerwort and Stammerwort

Parts Used: Herb

Habitat: It is distributed over Europe, Siberia and Northwest India.

Description: Ragwort grows about 2 to 3 feet high, with a much branched, furrowed stem, without hairs, and deep, glossy, green leaves, irregularly divided and toothed. The root-leaves are broader, jagged at the base, those on the stalk deeply divided down to the rib. The flowers are arranged in rather large, flat-topped bunches

Uses: It is used with success in relieving rheumatism, sciatica and gout, a poultice of the green leaves being applied to painful joints and reducing the inflammation and swelling. It makes a good gargle for ulcerated throat and mouth, and is said to take away the pain caused by the sting of bees. A decoction of the root is good for inward bruises and wounds.