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Sea Holly

Sea Holly Monograph

Botanical Name

Eryngium Maritimum

Common Name

Sea Holly, Eryngo,Krausdistel,Blauwe zeedistel, Strand-Mandstro



Parts Used


Native To


Harvesting Guidelines

Grows on sandy seashores , dunes, harvest root in fall


Throughout history, it has always been used as a restorative agent for the reproductive organs, and had a reputation, certainly in Shakespeare’s time, as being an aphrodisiac and led to it being named ‘kissing comfits’. Traditionally, the young shoots were also cooked and eaten as you would asparagus, and the roots were candied.

According to Linnaeus (known as the father of modern taxonomy), the young flowering-shoots, when boiled and eaten like asparagus, are palatable and nourishing. The leaves are sweetish, with a slight aromatic, warm pungency. The roots,boiled or roasted resemble chestnus in taste, and are palable and nutritious. The roots have aphrodisiac virtues as those and are still regarded by the arabs as an excellent restorative.

There is not much information regarding this plant, yet lack of research does not value a plants worth.


Adult Dose

Dosage: Unknown/ root boiled for 20 minutes

Actions: aphrodisiac,Diaphoretic, diuretic, aromatic, stimulant, expectorant


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