Ledum palustre (Ledum) is commonly known as Marsh tea, wild rosemary. It is found in the Northern Hemisphere, especially Canada, the US, Scandinavia, and Ireland. Marsh tea is used traditionally in Scandinavia to cure lice. It was also used as tea substitute.
In Homeopathy, the medicine is prepared from whole plant. As the plant blooms, the tips of the leafy shoots are collected, dried, and steeped in alcohol.
Ledum Remedy is useful for cuts, grazes, puncture wounds, insect stings, and black eyes and other eye injuries. It is used to prevent infection in open wounds. It is best suited to people with tendency to be angry, dissatisfied, anxious, antisocial, or demented when ill. It is also given in rheumatic pains that arise in the feet and move upward, and stiff, painful joints that feel hot inside despite being cold to the touch.
Preparation of Remedy
The fresh plant is gathered, when flowering in summer and then dried and powdered to make the Homeopathic remedy.
Tincture of dried small twigs and leaves is collected after flowering begins. Tincture of whole fresh plant is taken.
Prover: Dr. Hahnemann
General Information of Ledum palustre (Led-p)
- Source: Vegetable kingdom
- Parts used: The fresh plant in flower, dried and powdered.
- Botanical name: Ledum Palustre Linn
- Synonym: Ledum decum bers
- English: Marsh Labrador tea, Northern Labrador tea Wild rosemary, Marsh Cistus
- French: Rosmarin Sauvage
- German: Wilder Rosemarin
- Kingdom: Plantae – Plants
- Subkingdom: Tracheobionta – Vascular plants
- Superdivision: Spermatophyta – Seed plants
- Division: Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants
- Class: Magnoliopsida – Dicotyledons
- Subclass: Dilleniidae
- Order: Ericales
- Family: Ericaceae – Heath family
- Genus: Ledum L. – Labrador tea
- Species: Ledum palustre L. – marsh Labrador tea
Habitat: Found in Northern Europe, Asia, Newfoundland, Labrador to Alaska and Aleutian Island and especially in Canada. It is found in US, Scandinavia and Ireland.
Karl Linnaeus stated that Ledum Pal has been used by inhabitants of the northern parts of Europe most particularly of Sweden, as a popular remedy against whooping cough and bilious attack.
It gets its generic name from the Greek work” Ledos” which means wooly robe and refers to the wooly hairs on the underside of the plants leaves. Karl Linnaeus who was a Swedish botanist, first use Ledum pal medicinally for throat infections and cough.
Odhelius recommended in conditions like lepra, pemphigus and other skin condition. The Swedes wash their oxen and swine with a decoction of it to kill lice and in Lapland the branches are placed among the grain from the reputed powder of the plant of plant to keep off mice. It was formerly used in Switzerland to supply the place of hops in the manufacture of beer. The leaves are used by Canadians in the haunting excursion as substitute for tea. The leaves contain a volatile oil that smells like camphor.
It is used to make herbal tea known as “Labrador tea”.
Marsh Labrador tea has traditionally been used as a gruit in brewing beer in the Middle Ages. Due to its strong fragrance, it has also formerly been used as a natural deterrent against clothes moths, also mosquitos and bugs in general, in Scandinavia
It is an evergreen shrub, with slender branched stem. It is low shrub which grows up to 50cm with evergreen leaves which are 12-50 mm long and 2-12 mm broad. The flowers are small, with a five lobed white corolla. They emit strong smell to attract bees and other pollinating insect.
It grows in northern latitudes in Greenland, Canada and Alaska in Europe in the northern and central parts and in Asia south to northern China, Korea and Japan. It grows in peaty soils, shrubby areas, moss and lichen tundra.
All parts of plants contain poisonous terpenes. It affects the central nervous system.
If a person overdose of this plant it produces symptoms like dizziness, disturbance in movement, which is followed by spasms, nausea and unconsciousness.
Sometimes smell of the plant may cause headache in some individual.
Therapeutic Uses of Ledum palustre
Conditions for which this remedy is suitable:
- Cracking in joints
- Disease of Joints
- Inflammation of ear
- It can be given safely in inflammation of glands
- Mosquito bites
- Pain in feet
- Pain in hands
- Pimples on face
- Prickly heat
- Punctured wounds
- Rheumatic and arthritic disease specially affecting the smaller joints
- Roaring in ears, as from wind
- Stings of insects
- Tinnitus (Ringing in ears)
- When patient has much uric acid in urine
Cause of Symptoms
- Abuse of alcohol
- From hair cutting
- From suppressed discharges
- From punctured wounds
- From bruises
- From mosquito bites and rat bites
- From stings of bees and wasps
- After getting wet
- After suppression of coryza
- After suppression of discharge from ear
- After neglected pneumonia
- Sprains of ankle and feet
- Symptom mainly occur in left shoulder, right hip joint
Suited to Patients
This remedy is suited to a person who has pale complexion. They are delicate and always feel cold and chilly. They always abused by alcohol. Patient has pale face. Various eruptions are seen on face and forehead. This person has pain in face at night.
It is indicated when patient has sleepiness during day. He has severe pain before midnight. Expectoration is worse after midnight.
It is given when patient has rheumatic pains from below upwards.
It is given when patient has sleepiness as from intoxication during day.HE feel sleeplessness at night with restlessness. He talks in sleep with moaning and groaning. It is given when patient has uneasy dream with dream of business.
It is given in certain kind of injury like when stepping on tracks and from punctured with needles. These kinds of wounds bleed scantily but has pain, puffiness and coldness of the part. It also cures when stepping on a nail and it pierces the sole of the foot or the heel. It also cures condition when patient has splinter in palm. It cures the condition when after punctured wounds the part become cold and then pale, paralyzed and mottled.
It can be given when patient has tetanus from punctured wounds in palms or soles or in other parts.
It also cures nerve is injured by a punctured and infection occurs. The nerve supply of that part is affected. Pain shoot along the nerve. Because of this muscles that are supplied by that nerve dwindle and the part withers. This condition is better by cold application.
It cures complete ptosis which is seen after injury. It can be given when patient has profuse suppuration with pus discharge. Patient has agglutination at night.
It can be given when patient has noises in ear as from ringing of bell, or from a story of wind. It can be given when patient has whizzing in ears. It can be given when patient has hardness of hearing especially in right side with a feeling as if a ear was obstructed by cotton. This condition is seen after cutting hair and after suppression of coryza or ear discharge.
It is given in sore throat with fine stinging pain when not swallowing, with sensation as from a lump in throat.
It can be given when patient has nausea, sudden running of water from mouth. It is given when patient has sensation of fullness in upper part of abdomen. This pain is seen every evening.
It can be given when patient has diarrhoea when stool mixed with mucus and blood. Sometimes patient has stool mixed with only blood.
It can be given whenpatient has oppressed, rapid and painful breathing. PAtietn feel suffocative with arrest of breathing. This condition is worse from motion and walking.
It cures spasmodic cough, from tickling in larynx. Patient looses breath before cough and after cough with dizziness.
It can be given when patient has pressure in chest at left edge of sternum.
It is very good remedy for rheumatic pains which goes from below upward. Joints are swollen, tense, hot with stinging pains. It cures gout which begins in lower limbs and it ascends in upper joints. It cures gout in feet with gouty swellings on joints. It can be given when patient has pain in ankles as from a sprain or false step.
It can be given in fever where chill stage predominates. Patient feel chilly with sensation as if cold water is pouring over parts. Chilliness is felt in morning and forenoon. Patient has no thirst when his body is hot and has sweating with itching. Warmth of bed is intolerable. Sweat is seen at night.
It can be given in petechiae where patient has purple spots over body. This is seen for several weeks with weakness. It can cure urticaria which is white but gets red when rubbed with intense itching, stinging and burning.
Symptoms Get Worse From
- By covering
- From scratching
- From standing
- From taking wine
- Joint complaints are worse from moving
- Rheumatic pains are worse from evening and night
- Skin complaints and rheumatic pains are worse from warmth of bed
- While walking
Patient get worse from
- Bathing the head with very cold water
- By fanning
- From cold application
- From rest
- Ice cold water
Dosage of Ledum palustre
Take one pill or five drops of the remedy every 15 minutes to 4 hours (15 minutes for intense symptoms, 4 hours for milder ones). Once an improvement is noticed, stop dosing and repeat the remedy only if symptoms return. If there is no improvement at all by three doses, choose a different remedy or seek professional guidance.
Contraindications, Interactions and Side-effects
- No known contraindication of Ledum pal.
- No known interaction of Ledum pal.
- No known side effects of Ledum pal.