|Southern maidenhair fern Quick Facts|
|Name:||Southern maidenhair fern|
|Scientific Name:||Adiantum Capillus-Veneris|
|Origin||Native to the southern half of the United States from California to the Atlantic coast, through Mexico and Central America, to South America.|
There are some eighty varieties of this plant, some of which grow abundantly in Canada and the United States. Maidenhair is perennial and is found in deep woods and moist, rich soil. This is a very delicate and graceful flowering fern growing from 12–15 in. high, with a slender, polished stalk. The leaves are aromatic and bitterish.
- It helps to suppress cough, reduce phlegm, kill viruses, protects liver, lowers blood pressure, lowers cholesterol, lowers blood sugar level, treats respiratory tract diseases, stimulate menstruation and treatment for hairloss.
- Use it for treating leprosy, thyroid dysfunction, animal bites and musculoskeletal disorders.
- Use it externally for wounds, eczema and boils.
- In Iran, it is used as a traditional medicine for treating jaundice.
- Use it externally as a poultice on snake bites and bee stings.
- In Nepal, fronds paste is applied on forehead to provide relief from headaches and also to relieve chest pains.
Facts About Southern maidenhair fern
|Name||Southern maidenhair fern|
|Scientific Name||Adiantum Capillus-Veneris|
|Native||Native to the southern half of the United States from California to the Atlantic coast, through Mexico and Central America, to South America.|
|Common/English Name||Maiden Fern, Common Polypody, Maidenhair Fern, Southern Maidenhair Fern, Common maidenhair, Venus Maidenhair Fern, Venus’s Hair Fe|
|Name in Other Languages||English: Venus’s hair fern, Venus’s maidenhair, Common maidenhair, Common maidenhair fern, Maidenhair fern, Southern maidenhair, Venus hairfern, Southern maidenhair fern, Venus maidenhair fern, Venus’-hair fern;
Danish: Ægte Venushår, Venushår;
Dutch: Europees venushaar;
French: Capillaire de Montpellier, Capillaire cheveux-de-Vénus, Cheveux de Vénus;
German: Frauenhaarfarn, Venushaarfarn;
Italian: Capelvenere commune;
Spanish: Capilera, Adianto, Culantrillo de pozo;
Hindi: Hansraj, Mubaraka, Pursha;
Urdu: Persia- ushan;
Unani: Barsioshan, Kazbaratul Ber
|Soil||Moist, humus rich|
|Plant Size||12-18 inches tall|
|Medicinal part||Leaves, rhizomes|
Pectoral, Demulcent, Tonic, Refrigerant, Expectorant.
Maidenhair has had a long and active life as a helpful agent for pectoral conditions of coughs resulting from colds, nasal congestion, or catarrh and hoarseness, bronchial disorders including shortness of breath, asthma, influenza, pleurisy, etc.
The infusion of 1–2 oz. to 1 pint of boiling water may be taken frequently in wineglassful doses. Culpeper tells us that it is also used in hair tonic preparations. Should be combined with supporting herbs for more effective results.
- Use the fronds as a garnish on sweet dishes.
- Use the dried fronds to make tea.
- Simmer the fern in water and make the liquid into thick syrup with sugar and orange water. Mix it with fruit juices.