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Solomon’s Seal has been utilized in both New and Old World herbalism for centuries, and has been said to have efficacy in treating a wide range of conditions, including allergies, congestion, indigestion, constipation, broken bones, external scrapes and bruises, inflammation, and general debility. 16th century herbalist John Gerard attributes the name of this botanical to its reputation for quickly ‘sealing’ external wounds and even broken bones.
- Common Names
- Solomon’s Seal
- Botanical Name
- Polygonatum biflorum
- Syn. P. odoratum
Growing Solomons Seal– Gardening Basics
Solomon’s Seal can grow to a height of 5′ or more and the small green flowers will continue to bloom from June through the summer months.
Solomon’s Seal prefers light, slightly acidic soil and will grow better under partially shady conditions.
Solomon’s Seal can be difficult to germinate, and may take one month or longer to germinate. To enhance germination rates, a three week period of cold, moist stratification is recommended. Seeds can be sown 1/4″ deep in covered flats or shallow containers, moistened placed into the refrigerator. If such space is not available, mix seeds with a small amount of moistened vermiculite and placed into the refrigerator. Check often to ensure that mixture remains moist but is not soggy.
After removing from refrigerator, select a warm, indoor location for your container while awaiting germination. Be patient, it may take considerable time for seeds to come up-perhaps as long as several months.
Once seeds have started to come up, gradually increase exposure to sunlight. Harden plants to prepare for outdoor transplanting by placing containers outside during spring or early summer afternoons.
UK – purchase seeds
US – purchase seeds
Important Growing Information:
DAYS TO GERMINATION: 1 month or longer. plant in fall so seeds get frozen to crack their shell.
SOWING:8 – 10″
LIGHT PREFERENCE: partial shade to shade
SOIL REQUIREMENTS: light, moist, slightly acidic
HARDINESS ZONE: 4 – 10
not suggested. All of the adult leaves and berries are poisonous. The white flowers are pretty but not particularly good smelling.
Medicinal Uses & Benefits of Solomons Seal
- Medicinal Uses: * Allergies * Chinese * Congestion * Cuts & Wounds
- Properties: * Antirheumatic * Diaphoretic/sudorific * Skin tonic * Vulnerary
- Parts Used: rhizome
- Constituents: convallamarin, convallarin, quercitol, vitamin a.
Polygonatum has been used medicinally by many diverse folk traditions. Polygonatum has been used by Native American healers and in ancient Chinese medicine in lung, stomach and skin complaints
Preparation Methods & Dosage :The root is used to make teas, extracts and is also found in capsule form. Usually used in conjunction with other herbs.
The leaves of Polygonatum resemble bamboo leaves, and the plant is known in the Chinese language as “jade bamboo,”. It is a common plant in the mountains of northern China. The Chinese use the root of several polygonatum species as a cooling, demulcent, sedative, antiperiodic ( preventing the periodic return of attacks of disease, as of certain fevers, esp. malaria) and tonic. It was used to treat lung complaints, influenza, rheumatism and many other conditions.3
Solomons Seal Side Effects: Avoid when there is nervous stomach or other digestive disorders. The berries and adult leaves are poisonous. These contain an anthraquinone that causes vomiting and diarrhea.
This information in our Herbal Reference Guide is intended only as a general reference for further exploration, and is not a replacement for professional health advice. This content does not provide dosage information, format recommendations, toxicity levels, or possible interactions with prescription drugs. Accordingly, this information should be used only under the direct supervision of a qualified health practitioner.
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