Common name Pellitory-of-the-wall
Latin name Parietaria officinalis
Parts used leaves and flowers
Pellitory is particularly sympathetic to the lower digestive system.
Its cooling and tightening nature helps the body release excess fluid in a soothing and detoxifying way. It is indicated for the kapha dosha.
It is Pungent and astringent
Pellitory-of-the-wall, has historically been taken for urinary tract infections, kidney pain, and kidney stones. It helps to regulate fluid retention. It finds uses in respiratory conditions as well, particularly for that of a wet cough.
It gets its scientific name Parietaria because the Latin word paries means wall and this is where the plant is frequently found.
Native to Europe, including Britain. Often seen growing out of cracks in walls and pavements.