The woodruff, whose scientific name is Asperula odorata, is part of the Rubiaceae family and is a perennial herbaceous plant, typical of the undergrowth and is a good remedy in detoxifying spring treatments.

The woodruff is a herbaceous plain that can reach up to thirty centimeters in height, characterized by erect stems, which can count on a particular and curious tuft of hair under the verticils.

The leaves of the plant woodruff they are characterized by being lanceolate, dark green in color and are able to form a star that includes from six to eight points.

The flowers of the woodruff are characterized by having a typically white color: flowering usually occurs in the period between April and June.

Once freshly harvested, woodruff is a plant that does not have a scent, but after drying it manages to develop all its pleasant aroma.

Woodruff properties

The woodruff, also known as scented starlet, is a medicinal plant that is used in phytotherapy and herbal medicine for the treatment of menstrual pain, headache, stomach pain.

The woodruff has been recognized with various beneficial properties, including some detoxifying, diuretic, digestive and sedative.

The active ingredients of the woodruff plant are lipids, vitamin C (mainly contained within the leaves), coumarins and pigments.

The parts of the plant that are used most frequently for some medicinal and phytotherapeutic treatments are practically all but the roots.

The woodruff plant has the particular characteristic of being able to harvest at the very beginning of flowering and starts to dry divided into bunches, placing it inside dark and ventilated environments.

After the drying procedure, the woodruff plant is able to develop all its aroma, even if it soon turns black.

The presence of coumarin, although the quantities are particularly modest, is important because this element is the cause, at least in part, of the antispasmodic and decongestant properties.

The woodruff plant has been recognized, on the basis of various scientific studies, extremely valid and useful for removing the windiness of the stomach and intestines, but also within different treatments that essentially serve to cure the lack of appetite that has been caused. from particular nervous states or from extremely prolonged convalescences.

It is able to carry out beneficial actions in the treatment of epilepsy, gastralgia, to soothe and calm states of hyperexcitability, to help promote milk secretion, as a calming agent for stomach spasms.

The woodruff also has a large number of beneficial properties from a perspiratory, digestive, diuretic and sedative point of view.


In herbal medicine we can find a large number of products made with woodruff, especially infusions, herbal teas and tablets.

The liqueur industry frequently uses the woodruff plant, as a real flavoring, to make vermouth, aperitifs, digestives and, in most cases, herbal liqueurs.

An excellent and also quite useful home use is to exploit the dried drug for the fragrance of linen and, at the same time, it is excellent for keeping various insects away.

The infusion of woodruff is characterized by being very easy to prepare, since it is sufficient to leave 50 grams of woodruff to rest for about two hours in a liter of boiling water, in such a way as to be able to enjoy a excellent infusion, which is able to perform an excellent sedative action.

The infusion of woodruff is really very effective when it comes to treating difficult digestions or even when you feel particularly nervous.

Woodruff infusion tablets are characterized by being particularly effective even when treatment is required for red and congested skin.

In Alsace, Germany and also in Belgium, the procedure of macerating the whole plant inside the wine is quite common, in such a way as to obtain a wine that is highly appreciated especially in terms of tonic and digestive properties.

Woodruff wine is also called with the name of "May wine", for the simple fact that it is made in this month and is often appreciated for its tonic and digestive properties.

Inside a liter of aged wine, 50 grams of drug must be left to pulp for about eight days: subsequently, the intake should not exceed two glasses per day; finally, grappa also has a digestive function.


Nowadays there have been no reports or contraindications regarding woodwort products, although obviously, the advice is always the same: every time you intend to take such a product, it is better to ask for advice. or a simple opinion to your doctor, in order to be sure to use a product that is good for our body and does not produce any side effects.

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