Purple loosestrife

Lythrum salicaria

Purple-loosestrife, photo: Teemu Saloriutta

Grows near waterbodies; is a high upright shrub with raspberry-red flowers. Can be used to successfully stop bleeding; both the roots and weed are used. If mashed-up plant is put on a wound, it will heal painlessly and quickly. In the event of general weakness of the body, it will restore strength. This is one of the few plants which people believe to be counteracting to cerebral swelling in the case of tick-borne viral encephalitis. Due to its high tannin content, it has been used primarily for the treatment of diarrhoea and intestinal infections. In the past, it was believed that this plant has extraordinarily strong magic powers that help to find hidden treasures.