Epilobium Angustifolium is a herb. Its root is used for medicine.
The roots as well as the leaves of this herb were used to prepare an infusion, which was given as a remedy to patients suffering from whooping coughs, asthma and even hiccups.
Members of this American tribe also prepared an herbal tea from the root as well as the internal cortex and administered the medication to infants in the form of an enema to treat constipation.
Apart from the plant’s therapeutic and other uses, fireweed is also used as a food. For instance, the leaves as well as the tender tips of the herb’s shoots are edible and can be consumed either raw or after cooking. Some people consider the shoots collected early during the plant’s growing season to be a treat. These shoots are generally harvested during the later part of spring or in the beginning of the summer. The shoots as well as the tender stems of fireweed are peeled and often consumed raw or steamed in the form of an alternative for asparagus. Provided the stems and shoots are prepared appropriately immediately after harvesting them, they are an excellent natural resource of pro-vitamin A and vitamin C. It is documented that the Yupik Eskimos conserved the harvested stems in seal oil with a view to consume them throughout the year. In this context, it may be mentioned that these Eskimos called fireweed as ‘Pahmeyuktuk’, which denoted the edibility of the plant.
Special Precautions & Warnings:
Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of fireweed during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.
None are recorded.
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Source: WebMD, http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-429-fireweed.aspx?activeingredientid=429&activeingredientname=fireweed