Maidenhair Fern grows all over the US, Britain, and Europe and in every wet area of the world. It’s lacy looking and has a beautiful deep green colour… and I know you have seen it around and perhaps you have some as a house plant.
In fact we have it here in Puerto Rico… and it has many great health benefits. Maidenhair Fern goes all the way back to the Greeks and Romans who used this herb on a regular basis.
Bladder and Kidney Stones – Because Maidenhair Fern is a good diuretic it can help to prevent and flush out bladder and kidney stones.
Liver Detoxing – Maidenhair Fern is full of great liver detoxing agents and that help with jaundice and can get your liver back into shape.
Antioxidants – Maidenhair Fern contains lots of good antioxidants that help to boost your immune system and ward of colds, flues, and cardiovascular disease.
Lowers Blood Sugar – Maidenhair Fern has been shown to lower blood sugar.
Lung Problems – Maidenhair Fern is well known for being a great expectorant helping to get rid of mucus and open up the lungs. It has also been used in combination with Periwinkle Flowers and leaves to increase circulation in the body.
Colds, Flues, and Bronchitis – Maidenhair Fern opens up the lungs and helps with blood flow to the lungs… and thus helps to increase your ability to breathe better. It’s also an astringent and helps with sore throats and pharyngitis.
Topical Use – Maidenhair Fern also works well as a tonic for dandruff and itchy dry scalp.
Coumarin – Maidenhair Fern contains coumarin which is a good anticoagulant that works well for preventing clot formation… and thus can help prevent heart attacks and strokes.
Antibacterial – And there is some research showing that Maidenhair Fern is just as effective as penicillin against Streptococcus bacteria, more research to be done.
Diuretic – Maidenhair Fern is a good diuretic and thus it’s wonderful for detoxing the body.
Contains – isoquercertrin, rutin, and astragelin, tannins, coumarin, and vitamins and minerals.
Collecting – Collect this wonderful fern in the spring. You can find Maidenhair Fern in wet canyons, in tropical regions, and in the high mountains where it’s nice and wet. You can use both the stems and the leaves and they can be dried for later use. And Maidenhair Fern is used many times in combination with other herbs to be even more effective. And these ferns can also be grown at home for harvesting and as a nice house plant.
Infusion (Tea) – Using fresh Maidenhair Fern take a 1/4 cup and add one cup of boiling water and let sit for 25 minutes. Or you can use a 1/2 tablespoon of the dried herb in boiling water and let set for 25 minutes.
Dose – Drink one to three cups per day, and use for no more than 7 to 10 days.
Edible When – Maidenhair Fern leaves are edible when tightly coiled, and can added to salads and desserts… and as an attractive garnish for any meal.
This article is meant to get you started… so you can do more research on your own… dig a little deeper and find what works for you. This article is for educational purposes only, I strongly recommend that you seek advice from your own GP, private doctor, or medical specialist for any ailment, illness, or medical condition.. this article not meant to be a scientific analysis in any way, shape, or form.
Dr. Paul Haider – Master Herbalist and Spiritual Teacher for over 20 years, helping people to recover and feel healthy. You can also find Dr. Haider on FB under Dr. Paul Haider, Healing Herbs, and at www.paulhaider.com – feel free to contact him any time.
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