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Wall Germander

Image of Wall Germander
H. Zell, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Wall Germander (Teucrium chamaedrys)

Teucrium chamaedrys is native to northern Africa, the Middle East, and central and southern Europe (Haslan, Suhaimi, & Das, 2015). It has been used in traditional medicine for centuries to treat gout, diabetes, obesity, dyspepsia, and hypertension (Seeff, 2007). Teucrium chamaedrys is also used externally to treat wounds and as an astringent infusion on the gums (Pacifico et al., 2009). 

Historical Use 

This plant was boiled in water and drunk to treat shortness of breath and coughs. The leaves were pounded (stamped, in that era) with honey, strained, and put in the eyes to remove floaters (takes away the web) and improve dimness of vision. John Gerard’s The Herball includes historical information on the use of Wall Germander.   

This image of Wall Germander comes from the 1633 edition of John Gerard’s The Herball, first published in 1579.  
This book is available in the John R. Martin Rare Book Room in Hardin Library for the Health Sciences.  

Latest Research


Haslan, H., Suhaimi, F. H., & Das, S. (2015). Herbal Supplements and Hepatotoxicity: A Short Review. Natural Product Communications, 10(10), 1779-1784.  

Pacifico, S., D’Abrosca, B., Pascarella, M. T., Letizia, M., Uzzo, P., Piscopo, V., & Fiorentino, A. (2009). Antioxidant efficacy of iridoid and phenylethanoid glycosides from the medicinal plant Teucrium chamaedris (sic) in cell-free systems. Bioorganic and Medicinal Chemistry, 17(17), 6173-6179. doi:10.1016/j.bmc.2009.07.065 

Seeff, L. B. (2007). Herbal hepatotoxicity. Clinics in Liver Disease, 11(3), 577-596, vii. doi:10.1016/j.cld.2007.06.005 

Other References

Natural Medicines record: Germander (Access to UI only)