Also known as Beggary and Earth Smoke
History: Fumitory is a wide spread weed found across Europe. However, the plant has been used as a medicinal herb anciently. The Romans used it in an eye ointment and diuretic. In the Renaissance, Fumitory was sold as a liver and body purifier. Dried Fumitory Herb was among those medicinal herbs that were part of the Roman physician's apothecary. During the 1st Century of the Common Era, Pliny the Younger wrote that an ointment made from fumitory herb extract could improve eyesight; his Greek contemporary Dioscorides noted that a decoction of Fumaria officinalis when drunk acted as an effective diuretic. Natural herbs such as Fumaria officinalis were sold in the pharmacies of Elizabethan England (known as apothecary shops in those days); syrup made from c/s Fumitory Herb Extract was said to stimulate liver function and treat some skin conditions. Recent research suggests that it may help in the treatment of hypertension and some heart conditions as well, though these results have yet to be confirmed.
Modern Use: used to increase bile flow for the relief of symptoms of indigestion (such as sensation of fullness, flatulence and slow digestion).