Cowslip is a member of the Primrose family. The leaves have traditionally been made into ointments to help with wounds. The flowers have been widely used medicinally for their sedative (nervine) actions. They have also been used to help with fevers, for lung problems, arthritis and heart problems. Cowslip is a natural diuretic and is good for the immune system. It is high in antioxidants and also has antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory, anaesthetic actions.
Cowslip is high in salicylants and is not good for any person (or animal) that is allergic to aspirins. It’s also not recommended during pregnancy, but has been use to stimulates lactation after a foal has been born. The occasional person can get contact dermatitis from touching this herb.
Cowslip has been made into a flower essence, which is used for comforting and to help when one is feeling vulnerable.