Medicinal plant with an action on the digestive system, in particular on the gallbladder, often presented as a tea or in capsules.


Portuguese name: fumária, lemongrass, lemongrass, tobacco, moleirinha, gall
Binomial name: Fumaria officinalis L.
French name: fumeterre , faithful de terre, herbe à la jaunisse
English name: common fumitory , earth smoke
German name: Gewöhnliche Erdrauch
Italian name: fumaria officinalis
Spanish name: Palomilla o sangre de Cristo




– Alkaloids (protopin, fumarine)
– Organic acid (fumaric acid)
– Flavonoids
– Mucilages
– Tannins
– Potassium salts

parts used

– Flowering aerial parts (whole plant with the flowers without the root)


Depurative, action on the digestive system, tonic, normalizes bile secretion (increases bile secretion).


– Indigestion (difficulty digesting), heavy stomach, nausea (including nausea in pregnant women)

– Disorders of the biliary tract (such as gallstones)

– Constipation (in some cases)

– Sleep disturbances (especially those occurring after 1 am). Scabies. Psoriasis .


– Tea

– Syrup

– Capsules

– mother tincture

Where does it grow?

Fufumary grows in Europe, Asia and even North Africa (temperate zones). The smokehouse grows in fields, vacant lots, vegetable gardens, etc.
This plant is easily found in wastelands of temperate zones. It can be found in the Alps, at up to 1800m altitude. The smokehouse reaches a height of between 15 and 30 cm. It is an annual plant, that is, it lives only one season.

When to harvest?

The fumigant blooms in Europe from May to September, some sources also speak of a flowering until the month of October. As the whole plant without roots is harvested, in our opinion the best time to harvest the fumaria is from May to September.


– Fumaria is one of the few herbs that work effectively, according to several books on this subject, on the gallbladder (action on the formation and secretion of bile), for example, to relieve pain in case of gallstones. In addition, it is possible through the fumitory to normalize the secretion of bile. A plant to try in case of biliary disorders!

– To increase its effect, the fumaria can be associated with other medicinal plants, such as the viola tricolor.

– The term Fumaria (fumus terrae) from Latin refers to the foliage of the smoke-like plant (fumus) leaving the earth (terrae).

– In antiquity, fumaria was used against melancholy.

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