Arnebia decumbens

Arnebia decumbens (Vent.) Coss. & Kralik

Boraginaceae

  • Arabian Primrose
  • المروحة
  • سموة
  • كَحيل
  • el-mirwaha
  • kahil
  • samwa
  • אַרְנָבִית שְׂרוּעָה
  • arnavit seru'a

Annual

  • Desert
  • Shrub-steppes

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Medicinal Complaints / Uses

Arnebia decumbens (Vent.) Coss. & Kralik

System/StateTraditional
Complaint/Use
Activity / Interpretation Traditional
Preparation/Administration

Parts Used

Source
Dermatological

Disinfectant for skin lesions/ sores/ wounds/pimples

Anti-septic

1. Crush dried plant into fine powder, sprinkle onto lesion /pimple.
2. Prepare cream /salve by mixing plant powder + water + samna, (see NOTES 1) & heating until paste is obtained.

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Dermatological

Skin swelling

Vulnerary

Boil plant in water, mix + equal parts of sesame oil + onion juice + olive oil + "samna" (see NOTES 1) until forms homogenous spread; apply to swollen area x3/day.

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Gastrointestinal

Inflammation of stomach & intestines

Anti-inflammatory, Demulcent

Decoct plant in water (has sweet taste) & drink hot without sugar x1 small glass/day.

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Gastrointestinal

Intestinal / biliary cramps

Analgesic, Anti-spasmodic

Decoct plant in water (has sweet taste) & drink x1 small glass/day.

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General

Fever

Anti-pyretic

Decoct plant & drink hot.

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Kidney & Urinary Tract

Diuretic

Diuretic

Decoct plant in water (has sweet taste) & drink x1 small glass/day.

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Kidney & Urinary Tract

Urinary tract cramps

Anti-spasmodic

Decoct plant in water (has sweet taste) & drink x1 small glass/day.

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Kidney & Urinary Tract

Urinary tract inflammation

Anti-inflammatory, Demulcent

Decoct plant in water (has sweet taste) & drink x1 small glass/day.

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Musculoskeletal/ Joints

Rheumatism

Anti-arthritic, Anti-inflammatory

Mix powdered plant + equal parts of sesame oil & boil for 10 min to obtain paste; spread on affected area.

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Nervous System

Nerve pain in skin & muscles

Analgesic

Mix powdered plant + equal parts of sesame oil & boil for 10 min to obtain paste; spread on affected area.

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Oral Health

Dental caries & toothache

Analgesic, Anti-caries

Burn nuts/ achenes (See NOTES 2) on coals & inhale steam into mouth for 10 min.

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The authors of the Flora Palaestina Ethnobotany (FPE) web site do not take responsibility for any adverse effects from the use of the plants described here. Always seek advice from a health professional before using a plant medicinally or for other purposes

1. "Samna" used in some preperations refers to a traditional clarified butter (similar to ghee).
2. An achene used in some preperations is a type of simple dry fruit containing a single seed.

Arnebia genus & the Boraginacea family has species containing pyrrolizidine alkaloids which are carcinogenic, hemoloytic, toxic to liver & lungs, teratogenic & mutagenic. Avoid in pregnancy & lactation.