Botanical Name: Lycopodium clavatum
- English: Common Clubmoss,
- Also, Known As: Vegetable Sulphur, Wolf’s Claw, Naaga-beli, Bendarali, Wolf's-foot clubmoss, Wolf-paw clubmoss, Foxtail clubmoss, Running ground-pine, Running pine, Running moss, and princess pine, Herba lycopodii
Habitat: Europe, Asia, North America
Part used: Entire plant
Lycopodium clavatum is a spore-bearing vascular plant, growing mainly prostrate along the ground with stems up to 40-inch-long; the stems are much branched, and densely clothed with small, spirally arranged microphyll leaves. The leaves are 3–4 mm long and around 1 mm broad, tapered to a fine hair like white point. The branches bearing strobili or spore cones turn erect, reaching 5–10 cm above ground, and their leaves are modified as sporophylls that enclose the spore capsules or sporangia. The spore cones are yellow-green, 2–3 cm long, and 5 mm broad. The horizontal stems produce roots at frequent intervals along their length, allowing the stem to grow indefinitely along the ground. The stems superficially resemble small seedlings of coniferous trees, though it is not related to these.
How to use:
The basic method for dried herbs and flower is, take 2-3 tablespoons of dried herb in a cup or teapot. Pour hot water over it and cover it with lid for 10-30 minutes. Hot water is needed to draw out the antioxidants, enzymes, vitamins, flavonoids, and volatile oils from the botanicals. Strain and squeeze out as much as liquid as possible and enjoy!
- You can sweeten your herbal tea with a bit of honey, natural fruit juice, stevia leaves powder and or licorice root powder.
- You can make ice cubes or pops by freezing tea in ice trays or pop molds.
You should consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using any herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.
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