herba paralysis, an early name
shared with the cowslip.
grows wild in Great Britain but is rarely to be seen even in the
gardens of North America.
A cultivar is often to be found in
florists around Easter.
From the Latin name prima rosa, meaning
the first rose of the year.
Leaves are also the diet of
medicinally are dug after two or three years of growth.
must be cleansed in cold water with a brush, and the fibres
The roots are then dried, and larger roots are split
to facilitate the drying process.
oil, (roots and flowers contain a fragrant oil, called Primulin)
Primulin is identical with Mannite.
mild sedative for anxiety or insomnia
formerly used topically
for skin wounds and blemishes.
boil leaves as
Contra - Indications
Primrose is one of the members of the family Primulacea ,which possesses the quinone,
Primin causes a type of contact dermatitis called primula
Allergy sufferers: AVOID
Probably an expensive proposition in North America, unless you
can protect wild Primrose from the cold overwinter)
A tea made of 5 to 10 parts of the petals to 100 parts of water
was drunk in May
"..famous for curing the phrensie" (Gerard*)- or
the tea is calming and protects one from nervous hysteria**.
* Gerard is listed in A Modern Herbal with Parkinson,
who seems to be a 17th century herbalist
(**A piece of Victoriana: who gets nervous hysteria in the spring?
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