European larch

Summary

European larch: medicinal plant (tree) with a hyperemic effect, used externally against rheumatism, it is usually found in ointment or balm.

names

Portuguese name: European
larch Latin name: Larix decidua L.
French name: Mélèze , Mélèze d’Europe
English name: Common Larch
German name: Europäische
Lärche Italian name : larice

Family

Pinaceae

Constituents

Turpentine, essential oil (alpha-pinene).

parts used

Trunks (from which a balsam is extracted) = European larch turpentine (“Venice turpentine”)

Effects of European larch

Hyperemic, antiseptic.

Indications of the European larch

In external use (recommended use)

Rheumatism, problems in the region of the nerves (neuralgias), boils, phlegm in the region of the respiratory system.

Secundary effects

Allergy, possible effects on the central nervous system region, in case of internal use (tablet,…). When purchasing a medicine based on European larch, read the leaflet and ask a specialist for advice.

contraindications

Allergy (hypersensitivity) to European larch, bronchial asthma. When purchasing a medicine based on European larch, read the leaflet and ask a specialist for advice.

Interactions

we do not know

Where does the European larch grow?

European larch grows in Europe (in the Alps, for example).

When is European larch harvested?

Comments

The effectiveness of this plant is proven by several clinical studies. It is, above all, the active principle alpha-pinene (essential oil compound) that would be responsible for the positive effects of this plant, in case of rheumatism and disturbances in the region of the nerves.

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