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The healing power of the little beaver

  1. Small beavernel is an annual plant that grows only 30 to 70 centimeters high. It likes to grow in meadows and forest edges. The young leaves of small beavernel can be eaten as a salad vegetable. They can also be cooked just like spinach. The plant is best known as a medicinal plant. it is traditionally used. In modern phytotherapy it is a plant that is used for: cough, hoarseness and sore throat.


  1. Traditional use of small beavernel The black Plague Naming Active substances Small beaver for cough and throat problems Other medicinal uses of small beavernel Dose and Safety

Traditional use of the small beaver nut

  1. In the ancient times and with the Renaissance, small beavernel was a widely used medicinal herb. Pliny the Elder belonged to the ancient Romans. He recommended a decoction of this plant to drink with honey. That would help with many ailments. Rembert Dodoens, the pioneering 17th century herbal scientist, recommended infusing beavernel leaves in wine; it would be good for the heart. Kleine Bevernel was also used against the dreaded disease of the plague. Furthermore, an ointment was made from this plant that was good for various skin conditions. Around the 20th century, the small beavernel was still a popular medicine. A castor bean tea was used for cough, intestinal and kidney problems, hoarseness, dropsy or edema and gout. The root was chewed when they suffered from tongue paralysis. Hoarseness was dispelled by mixing the dried powder of small beavernel with honey and eating it.

The plague

  1. During the plague epidemic, the small beavernel was popular. The root of this plant was put on brandy and the brandy was drunk. Then the epidemic was seen to end. Not long after, a cholera epidemic broke out in Vienna. There too the little beaver turned out to be a working medicinal herb. Little beaver was even used against cattle plague. It gained the reputation of an herb that dispels death. Subsequently, the root was also used against epilepsy and snake venom. After all, the carrot seemed to have demon-resistant powers. The story circulated during the plague epidemic that a German man had heard a heavenly voice say:


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  1. In Latin, small beavernel is called Pimpinella saxifraga. A Latin synonym for this medicinal plant is Pimpinella sanguisorba. In Dutch, the plant is also referred to as Small Saxifrage and Bevernaart. Saxifragus means 'stone breaker', hence this name in Dutch. It is not known where the name pimpinella comes from.

Active ingredients

  1. The root of small beavernel is used for phytotherapeutic purposes. This root has the following active ingredients: saponins, essential oil, coumarin and furanocoumarins such as peucenin, bergapten, isobergapten, pimpinellin, isopimpinellin, umbelliferone and sfondine. Furthermore, there are tannins or tannins in this medicinal plant.

Small beaver with cough and throat problems

  1. Kleine Bevernel is an expectorant; a means that dissolves the mucus. This makes the mucus easier to cough up and the mucus is less likely to cause an infection. In phytotherapy it can be used in the following indications:

Other medicinal uses of the small beaver

  1. Kleine Bevernel is Emmenagogue. That is the medical term for a period promoting herb. It promotes menstruation by stimulating the uterus. It is also a diuretic herb. Sometimes beavernel is used in a gargle to dispel inflammation of the mouth and throat.

Dose and Safety

  1. There are three ways to use this medicinal plant. These are the standard applications as they apply in phytotherapy.

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