Herbs Guide

Solomon's Seal

Family Name: N.O. Liliaceae

Botanical Name(s): Polygonatum multiflorum (ALLEM.)

Popular Name(s): Lady's Seals, St. Mary's Seal, Sigillum Sanctae Mariae

Parts Used: The root

Habitat: Solomon's Seal is found in Northern Europe and Siberia extending up to Switzerland and Carniola

Description: Solomon's Seal is a creeping underground stem which is thick and white. It throws up stem which attains a height ranging from 18 inches to 2 feet. The plant bears large and oval leaves that grow alternately on the stem. The flowers are arranged in drooping clusters of two to seven, springing from the axils of the leaves. The leaves are succeeded by small berries which are blackish-blue in colour.

Uses: Solomon's Seal is used as an astringent, demulcent and tonic. Its infusion is used in inflammations of the stomach and bowels, piles and chronic dysentery. The poultice of its powered roots is used in bruises, piles, inflammations and tumours. A decoction of the root in wine is considered a suitable beverage for persons with broken bones.