The Lithospermum, or Lithospermum officinale, is a genus of plants from the family Boraginaceae. The plant is distributed all around the world, but it mainly comes from the Americas, southwestern United States, and Mexico. Its species are more well known as gromwells or stoneseeds. The taste of the herb is bitter and sweet at the same time.
Benefits and Uses of Lithospermum
The dried root of the plant is used as a Chinese herbal medicine which has various antiviral and other biological activities.
The plant is known to inhibit the human immunodeficiency virus type 1, or HIV-1.
The leaves of the Lithospremum plant are eaten by the caterpillars of Lepidoptera.
It can be used as a contraceptive.
It can be an effective cure for cancer, as it is an antioxidant. It can also prevent tumors from forming.
It is anti-inflammatory.
It can be best used to treat skin diseases.
It is also associated with heart and liver diseases.
The lithospermum oil can be used to treat lesions, eczema, cervical erosion, vaginal itching, and burns.
The lithospermum oil is an antimicrobial, antiviral, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory.
Just like every other essential oil, the Lithospermum Oil should be used with caution. Too much of something can lead to something bad, even if it has a lot of medicinal benefits.
Pregnant women should consult a health care professional first before using the Lithospermum oil in any shape, manner, way, or form.
The oil should be kept far from children as they may intake excessive amounts.
Conduct a patch test before applying the oil directly onto the skin.
Overdose of the plant may cause liver cancer.
Avoid the use of the Lithospermum Erythrorhizon if you are suffering from measles.
Avoid consumption of the oil if the spleen or stomach is weak.