Native to Europe and northern Iran, white bryony is also known as Bryonia alba and is part of the cucumber family. The root of bryony is typically used for herbal remedies to treat minor chest ailments and some skin issues.
It’s believed that Augustus Caesar wore a wreath of bryony during a thunderstorm to protect himself from lightning.
In Ancient Greece, the nauseous and bitter root juice was recommended by Galen and Dioscorides as they believed it to be a violent laxative.
Bryony roots have been used in Turkish folk medicine when applied to arthritic joints as it was thought to relieve pain.
Bryony may help treat coughs, the flu, bronchitis and pneumonia. It may also help with whooping-cough to relieve the pain.
Bryony root may cleanse the skin black and blue spots, freckles, morphew, leprosy, foul scars, or other.
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