Polemonium caeruleum is a species of plant that is believed to treat a wide range of ailments, from headaches to inflammation to fevers. It is thought to make people perspire involuntarily, causing toxins to be released from the body. It is also thought to be helpful with some respiratory issues, such as bronchitis. Although it was quite common to use this plant in the past, it is not often used in homeopathic medicine practices in modern times. This is largely due to the fact that other herbs are believed to work more efficiently and effectively.
Commonly referred to as Jacob’s ladder, charity, or Greek valerian, Polemonium caeruleum is native to the northern section of Europe and northern Asia. Although not originating in North America, it can grow well in the northeastern part of the United States and in the eastern provinces of Canada. In general, it grows best in cool, moist woodland areas. It usually is easy to spot because it reaches heights of about 2 feet (0.61 m) and has blue blossoms with pale yellow throats.
The root of the Polemonium caeruleum is thought to help people with fever and inflammation and causes involuntarily perspiration. Often, the root is mixed with alcohol, particularly whiskey, and made into a tincture. The root can also be boiled in water and consumed as a tea.
Other homeopathic remedies involving Polemonium caeruleum include its use as an astringent; when applied to the skin, it causes a tight contraction. It is also commonly used to treat respiratory illnesses, such as bronchitis and tuberculosis, and it can work as an expectorant, loosening mucus from the lungs as well.
For centuries, Polemonium caeruleum also has been used to treat the symptoms related to epilepsy. For example, it can help reduce shaking and trembling. It is also thought to reduce hysteria in some individuals. In addition, some people believe that it will treat snake bites and bug bites.
People should consult an experienced homeopathic medical provider or a doctor before using Polemonium caeruleum. Since it is not commonly used today, studies are not available, specifically with regard to how the plant interacts with certain prescription drugs. In addition, women who are pregnant or nursing should avoid using this plant as a form of medicine.
Polemonium caeruleum seeds and plants can be purchased from many different home garden stores. They may also be purchased online. Since the plants are not frequently used for homeopathic medicine today, it may be difficult to find prepared tinctures and tea that make use of the plant's root.