Benefits Of Sweet Cicely (Myrrhis Odorata) For Health

Benefits Of Sweet Cicely (Myrrhis Odorata) For Health


Sweet Cicely (Myrrhis Odorata)


Sweet Cicely (Myrrhis Odorata) is known as other names: British Myrrh, Cerfeuil Anisé, Cerfeuil d'Espagne, Cerfeuil Musqué, Cerfeuil Odorant, Myrrhe Odorante, Myrrhis odorata, Perifollo Oloroso, Roman Plant, Shepherd's Needle, Sweet Bracken, Sweet Cicely, Sweet Myrrh, Sweet Chervil, Sweet-Cus, Sweet-Fern, Anise Fern, Cicely, Sweet-Humlock, Cow Chervil, The Roman Plant, Garden Myrrh, Smooth Cicely.

The plant called the sweet cicely is a hardy and robust herb. The cicely is an aromatic perennial herb indigenous to the mountainous areas of Europe and Asian Russia - growing originally only in these regions. The cicely when fully mature can reach 0.6 to 0.9 m or 2 to 3 feet in height. Sweet cicely is one of the first herbs that come up when spring arrives; the sweet cicely is a pretty plant and makes a beautiful backdrop to a perennial border in mountainous regions where it grows.

Benefits Of Sweet Cicely (Myrrhis Odorata) For Health
Sweet Cicely (Myrrhis Odorata) Picture

The sweet cicely herb possesses a graceful and airy appearance. Moreover, it is capable of resisting the cold weather normally seen in mountainous regions and often begins to grow immediately towards the end of winter and blooms in the spring time. Cicely also puts forth flowers early in the year and these open as soon as spring arrives. Due to the early opening of the cicely flowers, cicely attracts a lot of animals. The flowers of sweet cicely are one of the first flowers available to nectar loving insects in the mountains.

The cicely bears soft and silky leaves. The leaves of sweet cicely which also resemble the leaves of the fern are pale green in color and are white on the undersides - this becomes purple in the fall. Cicely leaves are also marked by possessing a distinctive sugary taste and a slight hint of licorice. The leaves of the cicely also possess a fragrance that can be said to be similar to the fragrance of the anise herb. The stems of the sweet cicely are hollowed out internally with furrows on the external surface. The root is large and thickened, often growing very deep into the ground. The floral bloom is followed eventually by the appearance of cicely seeds, each of these seeds are about two cm or approximately ¾ of an inch in length. The seeds are borne upright on the plant following the floral bloom. The seeds possess a stronger flavor of licorice than the leaves, the scent of the leaves of also much more powerful than the fragrance on the leaves. The seeds of the sweet cicely turn a shiny dark brown when they ripen. In the floral blooms that are most profuse during May and June, the sweet cicely gives off large clusters of small, whitish, sweet-scented flowers that resemble the flowers of the Queen Anne's lace plant. The sweet cicely is a very useful plant, and the stems, the leaves, the roots, and the seeds are all edible. All parts of sweet cicely can be used and it has been used in cookery and medicine for centuries.


Benefits Of Sweet Cicely (Myrrhis Odorata) For Health


Sweet cicely remedy was employed as a general tonic in traditional herbal medicine; it was also used as a mild herbal laxative, and to stimulate flagging appetite. The pulmonary system was also believed to be strengthened by drinking the remedy made with sweet cicely.

The fresh root of sweet cicely may be eaten freely or used in infusion with brandy or water. A valuable tonic for girls from 15 to 18 years of age. The distilled water is said to be diuretic, and helpful in pleurisy, and the essence to be aphrodisiac.

Benefits Of Sweet Cicely (Myrrhis Odorata) For Health
Sweet Cicely (Myrrhis Odorata) Picture

The entire plant possesses beneficial effects; the remedy made from sweet cicely is aromatic and has carminative, expectorant actions relieving stomach problems of all kinds. The sweet cicely remedy is useful as a mild stimulant for problems affecting the stomach as well as in treating problems like persistent coughs and flatulence.

Snake and dog bites can be treated using the antiseptic decoction made from the root of sweet cicely - this solution can be used as a first aid treatment in such injuries.

Problems like gout, stinking ulcers and external wounds can be soothed down on application of an ointment made from the roots of the sweet cicely.

Chervil, or Scandix Cerefolium (fam. Umbelliferae), a native of southern Europe and the Levant, is used only in cookery, and used in the French bouquet of herbs known as 'fines herbes.'

American Sweet Cicely (fam. Apicceae) or Ozmorrhiza longistylis. This plant grows in various parts of the United States, on lowlying, moist lands, flowering in May and June. The root has a sweet smell and taste, resembling aniseed and yields its properties to water or diluted alcohol.

Sweet Cicely (Myrrhis Odorata) Side effects and cautions


The use of herbal sweet cicely remedy does not usually produce any side effects in the person using it, and till date no known health hazards significant or otherwise are associated with the use of herbal sweet cicely remedies. At the same time, the numbers of clinical research conducted on the safety aspects of this herb have been few and far between. The best option is to use remedies made from sweet cicely in moderate dose, till more is known through research.