Asarum europaeum, commonly known as asarabacca, European wild ginger, hazelwort, and wild spikenard, is a species of wild ginger (unrelated to the rhizome spice ginger) with single axillary dull purple flowers, lying on the ground. It is widespread across Europe, ranging from southern Finland and northern Russia south to southern France, Italy and the Republic of Macedonia



Asarum europaeum is used for medicinal purposes. It is also grown extensively outside of its range as an ornamental. It is sometimes harvested for use as a spice or a flavoring.


Asarum europaeum has been used for herbal property since the ancient greek times. However, modern day herbalism does not consider it in a wide basis. The roots and the leaves of the plant has several properties like diaphoretic, cathartic, errhine, stimulant, emetic, tonic and sternutatory. Asarum europaeum is used medically in the following cases:

  • It is used in cases of eye disorders
  • Helps n case of brain disorders
  • Used in cases of toothache
  • Helps in mouth and tongue paralysis
  • When mixed with ribwort, it helps to remove mucous and thereby gives relief to respiratory passage
  • Used in making cephalic stuffs which excites sneezing, helps to relief headache
  • Helps in the treatment o digestive track lesion

Asarum europaeum Other Benefits

  • It is used to obtain an apple green dye
  • The dry root has a pungent pepper-like strong aroma
  • It can be planted as a ground cover for a shady area
  • In France, some of the drunkards use it to promote vomiting


It is always recommended to consult a qualified physician before taking any herb for its medicinal uses. Asarum europaeum is poisonous if taken in large dosages and without medical supervision. Large dosages of this herb may cause vomiting, nausea and diarrhea. Drying or boiling the herb weakens its properties.


None are recorded.

Other names

Asarabacca, European wild ginger, hazelwort, and wild spikenard


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