Also known as
Fumaria officinalis, Earthsmoke, and Fumaria.
Fumitory is a small climbing herb with weak stems, deeply indented leaves, and spikes of small flowers of a pinkish hue, topped with purple or, white. It is native to Europe and North Africa, but grows quite well all over the planet. The ancient Romans, according to the historian Pliny, named this useful plant Kapnos, which means smoke, because the juice of the plant brings on such a flow of tears that the sight becomes dim as with smoke. It was also said that the plant did not grow from a seed, but from the fumes rising up from the underground.
Flavonoid glycosides, isoquinolones.
The above-ground parts of the herb, dried and cut.
Infusions and teas, and can be used in capsule or extract form. A water infusion of this herb is used as a pack or compress for skin problems.
Like many other herbs, a little fumitory is a stimulant and a lot of fumitory is sedative so avoid excessive use.
This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.