(Calluna vulgaris)


Heather grows in meager areas, where you sometimes can find lots of Heather like a carpet. In late summer or autumn Heather can dye the whole area in violett.

If you want to use Heather against rheumatism you need to take a bath with the Heather flowers. It is also used against eczemas.

Medicinal Uses

  • Blood cleansing
  • Diuretic
  • Bladder stones
  • Kidney stones
  • Rheumatism
  • Gout
  • Eczemas


Used Parts:Flowers and flowering tips
Substances:Alkaloid, Arbutin, Flavo-Glycoside, Tannic essence, Tannic acid, Quercitrin, Myricitrin
Time to collect:August until October


Heather can be used as tea.

The main use of Heather is against problems of the urinary system.


To prepare a Heather tea pour one cup of boiling water over one or two spoonful of Heather.

Wait for five up to ten minutes, than filter the tea and drink it slowly.

You can drink one up to three cups of Heather tea each day.

Internal use

Heather can be used internally against bladder and kidney stones.

It also helps against other diseases of the urinary system.

You can use Heather also to ally rheumatism and gout because it cleanse the blood.

External use

Heather tea can be used external as poultice, in washings or as bath.

This can help against eczemas and rheumatic pain.

Plant description

Heather is at home in Europe and North America.

As Heather likes sour ground, you can find it at meager meadows and beside roads.

Heather can grow up to 50 Centimeters high.

It is a perennial plant.

The stem of the Heather is woodlike.

The leaves are lanceolate and very thin nearly like needles. Their colour is dark green.

From august to october the flowers are blossoming. They are white or pink and tiny.