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Iris (Blue Flag) Iris versicolor


Family: Iridaceae

---Synonyms---Flag-lily, fleur-de-lis, flower-de-luce, iris, liver lily, poison flag, snake lily, water flag, wild iris, blue flag

Parts Used: Rhizome


Active Compounds: 

Volatile oil, containing furfural

Iridin (or irisin), a glycoside

Acids such as salicylic and isophthalic

Miscellaneous; a monocyclic C3l triterpenoid, gum, resin, sterols,etc.

--Medicinal Action and Uses--- Cholagogue, hepatic, alterative, laxative, diuretic, anti-inflammatory.

This herb is used in the treatment of skin diseases, apparently aiding the skin by working through the liver, the main detoxifying organ of the body. It may be used in skin eruptions such as eczema and psoriasis. It is valuable as part of a wider treatment. It may be used with value where there is constipation associated with liver problems or biliousness.

CAUTION: Blue flag contains an acrid, resinous substance that acts on the gastro- intestinal tract, the liver, and the pancreas. It may also cause dermatitis in some people.

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