Scientific: Elymus repens [WikiPedia]
constituents found in couch grass include flavonoids such as tricin,
agropyrene (volatile oil constituent, 95%), mucilage, thymol, menthol,
iron, and other minerals.
Appearance: Couch grass is a
perennial species of grass native to Europe, Asia and parts of Africa.
It has been found in other climates as well but is mostly considered a
weed in milder northern locales. Couch grass is noted for its creeping
rootstalks, which make it a rather invasive species because it will grow
quickly across grasslands. This grass is also noted for its usage as
forage, with all sorts of grazing animals using it for food. Grassland
birds, like finches, eat couch grass seeds and caterpillars also use it
Parts Used: Rhizome, roots, stems, dried and cut.
Common Uses: Famous herbalist
Nicholas Culpeper wrote that “although a gardener may be of another
opinion, a physician holds that a 1/2 acre of dog grass to be worth 5
acres of carrots twice told over.” Dog grass is an invasive grass that
grows well in regions with warm summers and cool or cold, damp winters.
Its name is derived from the simple fact that dogs will eat the grass
when they are sick to induce vomiting and cool the blood.
Couch grass it valued by herbalists for its mucilage
rich rhizome. A tea made from the roots is useful for treating urinary
infections because of the herb’s broad antibiotic, and diuretic
properties. One of the chemical constituents, agropyrone, has been shown
to have strong antibiotic properties. Couch grass tea will also soothe
and coat an inflamed sore throat, and helps clear phlegm. The herb
contains mucilage that helps to clear congestion while it coats the
Alternatives and Adjuncts: Stones or any other cause of urinary track inflammation, combine with marshmallow, corn silk and plantain.
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