Monk’s Rhubarb Rumex Patientia
Monk’s Rhubarb / Rumex Patientia is a perennial herbaceous plant of the Polygonaceae family. The root is spiny, fleshy, brown outside, yellow on the inside. The stem is up to 2 m high, upright, branched and ruddy. Leaves are odorous, large, pale to blue-green. Flowers are gathered in a thistle, leafy, bumpy inflorescence. The fruit is 3-4 mm. long, brown, on the tip of a sharp nut. Blooms in June - July.
Rumex Patientia is found in wet, weedy places on relatively rich soils, along roads, near forests, in the oak belt in the northeastern part of the country. It is cultivated, but it is also self-healing.
The roots (Radix patientae) and folia patientae on the flank are used. The leaves are picked June - August, and the roots - September - November (after the fall of the frosts) or March - April at the beginning of the vegetation. The roots are dug, cleaned by the overhead parts and the small roots. Leaves are harvested at the beginning of the flowering of the plant. The younger leaves are berating.
In medicine, they are used against skin diseases, scabs, kel and scurvy. It is applied externally in the form of paws for the treatment of rashes, boils, skin scabs, lymphatic swellings, and in some cases as an ointment ointment.