Hart’s Tongue Fern

 

PHILLITIS SOLOPENDRIUM

COMMON NAME : Hart’s Tongue Fern

FAMILY  :        Aspleniaceae


HABITAT / GROWING :

Common evergreen fern.


PARTS USED :  Aerial parts.


TRADITIONAL & MODERN USE:

Astringent – used by Galen to treat diarrhoea and dysentery. In Wales and the Highlands an ointment made of its fronds was used for burns and scalds and for piles. The plant was especially recommended for removing

obstructions from the liver and spleen and also for removing gravelly deposits in the bladder.


It was used externally for wounds and sores and also as a cosmetic face pack for sensitive, greasy skin and as a hair wash for greasy hair.


Used internally to stem bleeding, alleviate diarrhoea and colitis with mucus. It was also used to treat bronchial

catarrh and was said to be useful in cases of urinary gravel and for rheumatism.


CONSTITUENTS:

·        Mucilage

·        Tannins

·        Aromatic bitter.