The Cowslip takes its name from the Anglo-Saxon cu-sloppe, a reminder of the days when they bloomed in meadows among dairy herds. It is also speculated that the name resulted because the scent of the flowers has a unique milky aroma like that of a cow’s breath or that of a new baby.
Traditional uses and benefits of Cowslip:
- They have a very long history of medicinal use and have been particularly useful in treating conditions involving spasms, cramps, paralysis and rheumatic pains. Flowers and the leaves are anodyne, diaphoretic, diuretic and expectorant. It is also used for over-activity and sleeplessness, especially in children.
- It is used in the treatment of chronic coughs (especially those associated with chronic bronchitis and catarrhal congestion), flu and other febrile conditions.
- Many folk remedies have used cowslip to reduce blood clotting and for rheumatic diseases like rheumatic arthritis and gout.
- It has also been helpful as an herbal treatment for infections of the urinary tract and kidney complaints.
- Cowslip flowers soaked in white wine is supposed to be of great benefit to the heart.
- It is said to be useful in treating acne, pimples, and other skin blemishes.
- It has an effective calming beverage for problems related to nerves and anxiety.
- It is useful in treating epilepsy, tremors, and may even be developed as a treatment for Parkinson’s disease.
An infusion can be made using dried Cowslip flowers over which boiling water is poured. It is left to infuse for ten minutes and then drunk as a treatment for colds.
Cowslip tea is used against insomnias and is obtained from 50 g of cowslip herb, 25 g of lavender flowers, 10 g of St. John’s wort herb, and 15 g of hop plant. A spoonful of the above mentioned quantities is mixed in 0.25 liters of water and is let to sit for 3 minutes. The tea is consumed very warm in small gulps.
Cowslip syrup can be made by mixing the crushed flowers with honey and water. This home remedy is used in cases of breathing disorders like asthma and to treat coughs.
If you are wanting to buy dried Cowslip primrose in South Africa we supply it in 75g and 1kg quantities.