Heather herb and flower (Callunae vulgaris herba/-flos)

Published June 1, 1990.
List of German Commission E Monographs (Phytotherapy)

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Name of Drug

Callunae vulgaris herba, heather herb.
Callunae vulgaris flos, heather flower.

Composition of Drug

Heather herb consists of the fresh or dried leaf, flower, and plant top of Calluna vulgaris (L.) Hull [Fam. Ericaceae], as well as preparations thereof.

Heather flower consists mainly of the flowers of C. vulgaris L., as well as preparations thereof.


Preparations of heather and/or heather flowers are used for diseases and ailments of the kidneys and the lower urinary tract, enlargement of the prostate, as a diuretic, for prophylaxis of stone ailments, vaginal discharge, diseases and ailments of the gastrointestinal tract, diarrhea, spasms of the stomach and intestines, colic, diseases of the liver and gallbladder, for gout, arthritis, diseases and disorders of the respiratory tract, cough, colds, sleep disorders, restlessness, as eye baths for inflamed eyes, treatment of wounds, for fever, spleen, and as a diaphoretic.

Combinations with heather and/or heather flower are additionally used as an adjuvant for diabetes, menstrual discomforts, menopause, for nervous exhaustion, for stimulation of digestion, and for the regulation of the circulatory system.

The effectiveness for the claimed uses is not documented.


None known.


Since the effectiveness for the claimed usesis not documented, a therapeutic application cannot be recommended.

There are no objections to the use of this herb as a brightening agent or flavor corrigent.