Epilobium angustifolium Επιλόβιο
The Epilobium angustifolium , commonly known as fireweed and the spiked willow herb is a native of North America and Canada. It grows throughout the Northern hemisphere in temperate climates. It is well known for its tonic, astringent, antispasmodic, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.
It has been used for ages for treating infected wounds, boils, and skin conditions. When it is taken internally as tea, it is extremely effective for treating bronchitis and gastro-intestinal conditions as well as allied problems. It is also prescribed for the treatment of acne.
It has also been used for treating a number of kidney problems, urinary tract infections and prostatitis.
Since the herb contains tannin and mucilage and has excellent astringent properties, it is also used as an antispasmodic and intestinal astringent. Taken internally it is effective for controlling and treating hiccough, whooping cough and asthma.