Herb of the Day: Spirodela

Herb of the Day: Spirodela
Today’s herb is a plant you have most likely seen & had no idea wa
s used by herbalists.  Spirodela is also known as duckweed, a plant that appears in still water and is a favorite food for ducks and birds.  You have most likely seen duckweed growing in still ponds, lakes, and at botanic gardens.  Sometimes, this plant is sought after and a welcome addition to an ornamental pond, other times it a pesky weed which chokes out plant life and may overwhelm fish.  It is extremely nutrient rich and a favorite food for livestock and chickens. It’s also a wonderful addition to the compost pile.  In herbalism, Spirodela is primarily used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).  Duckweed is connected to the bladder and lung meridians in TCM and cold in properties. The entire plant is used either fresh or dry in a variety of preparations.

Traditional Uses

  • Fevers
  • Colds
  • Promotes Perspiration
  • Edema
  • Diuretic
  • Insect Bites
  • Rash
  • Eczema
  • Measles
  • Ringworm

The Plant

Spirodela polyrhiza is an effortless plant to grow and cultivate.  It often shows up on its own in nutrient-rich still water.  This plant can double its biomass in approximately sixteen hours, making it one of the fastest growing plants.  It grows in small groups and actually sinks and floats throughout the year.   In colder Fall weather duckweed will sink to the bottom. It will rise again in the Spring and resume floating along the surface. The tops of the round leaves are light green and the undersides are purple/ brown.  The plant requires no maintenance other than control of growth.  It is easy to scrape out of the water for harvest during the Spring and Summer. When added to the compost pile it helps provide the compost with many nutrients that can be difficult to find from other plant sources.  Herbalists harvest duckweed in the summer, clean it and use it either fresh or dried. Self-harvesting is not recommended. The waters duckweed is attracted to can be full of pathogenic bacteria and caution must be taken when harvesting and cleaning.

TriLight Health and Spirodela

We use Spirodela is our ALRG formula.  ALRG was formulated by a TCM doctor.  This special formula is a favorite among customers who suffer from any allergies, especially hay fever.  The herbs in ALRG are traditionally known to help address weak immune system function, lung support, tissue swelling, and expel mucus.

Thank you TriLight Health!  I have been dealing with some type  of allergy which causes me to break out in hives randomly... I took ALRG and within three days my skin was less reactive!  What a relief!  I feel really energized when taking this formula but it also helps me sleep well at night.  I am grateful that ALRG works with my immune system and not against. Thank you for providing me with an alternative to over-the-counter anti-histamines! Sarah

Note: TriLight Health employees are not licensed practitioners and cannot prescribe which products you should use. Our comments are educational. If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, please see our pregnancy safe section. As with all our formulas, especially if you are pregnant or breast-feeding, please consult your healthcare practitioner before using products with any other medications. Our statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. Our products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
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