Foxglove

  • Scientific name: Digitalis Purpurea

The foxglove is native to the British Isles and Europe. It was used by the Celts to treat dropsy (congenital heart disease). The decoction of these leaves was introduced by the Scottish doctor, William Withering, in 1775. Chemical analysis in modern times revealed that foxglove contains a number of cardiac glucosides, like digitoxin that are useful in treating heart problems.