Smart Weed, Water Pepper, Smartass, Arse Smart, Peachwort, Ciderage, Hung-la-liao, Hosoba-tade
Polygonum hydnopiper syn. Persicaria hydropiper
F. Polygonaceae... ... see How can I use HERBS in my daily life? for full text.
A herb with a tradition of uses: beneficial for colds, respiratory ailments, edema, hemorrhoids, ulcers, eczema, rheumatism, toothache, diarrhea, indigestion, heat stroke, spleen and liver malfunction, gout, thrush, mouth ulcers, hypochondria, cholera, jaundice, vertigo, gallstones, lethargy, epilepsy, hemorrhaging, menstrual pain, and to strengthen the stomach.
Tinctures, like for an infusion, should be prepared with the fresh plant. For toothache, try a few bruised leaves placed between cheek and gum. For thrush, mouth ulcers and sore throat, gargle using a cold infusion. Externally, tade has been applied as a poultice or infusion for bruises, inflammation, ulcers, proud flesh, felons, hard to heal wounds, gangrene and tumours.
Sufferers from rheumatism will benefit by using an infusion in their bath water, as well as drinking 2 cups of tea a day. Crushing some fresh leaves and dabbing in the ear on a cotton bud may relieve earache.
A folk use for this smart weed was to put a handful of the herb under the saddle of your horse if you wanted it to travel long distances. It is said the herb would spur the horse on and also allay thirst. If you are one to procrastinate, or have lost your get up and go, try a handful of smart weed (also called smartass) in your pants, it just might be enough, to spur you on!... ... see How can I use HERBS in my daily life? for full text.