Horsechestnut (Aesculus Hippocastnum)

Another very English tree loved by all conker playing experts.

The nut and bark are the parts used medicinally. They contain hippoaesculin and other saponins. Saponins produce a soap like frothing effect when shaken with water.

I am never without the tincture on my shelves as it is one of very few herbs that tones and protects blood vessels. So it goes in all Varicose Vein and Haemorrhoid mixtures and creams that I make up.

An example can be seen in the Herstmonceaux video click here

Linda Bostock

Medical Herbalist

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