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  • Veronica beccabunga L.
  • Primrose family

Common Names

herbsSpeedwell (V. officinalis)
herbsWater pimpernel (pimpernel is Pimpinella saxifraga)
herbsWater purslain (purslane is really (Portulaca oleracea)

Parts Usually Used

The plant

Description of Plant(s) and Culture

Brooklime is a succulent perennial plant; its round stem grows 1-1 1/2 feet high from a creeping jointed rootstock. The leaves are glabrous, ovate or broadly elliptical, and finely serrate. The small blue flowers grow in axillary spikes from May to August. Seeds appear the month after flowering.

Where Found

Found in wet places, as in streams and ditches, usually near watercress.

Medicinal Properties

Diuretic, emmenagogue, febrifuge


Fresh juice of the herb is mildly diuretic. Older herbals recommend it for intestinal disorders and anemia. Once prized, it is little used today. Used as a blood purifier, helps scurvy, increase urination, help break up kidney stones, bring on menstruation. Fried with butter and vinegar, and applied warm, it helps tumors, swellings, and inflammations.

Formulas or Dosages

Juice: take 1 tsp. to 3 tbsp., 3 times a day. Take in milk if the stomach is sensitive.

Nutrient Content

Vitamin C

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