- Botanical: Larix europaea
- Family: Pinaceae
- Hits: 1968
Known asLärchtann, Lerbam, Lörbaum, Lorchbaum, Lertanne, Lörtanne, Schönholz
Old Usemanufacturing; medicinal
Parts Usedbark, needle, resin, sprout
Medicinalasthma, bronchitis, bladder disease, bladder stones, bleeding, bronchitis, coughs, diarrhea, dry skin, eczema, gallstones, neuralgia, psoriasis, sore throat, skin rashes, wounds, worm
Heart & Circulationcirculation, hemostatic
Respiratory Systemallergies, asthma, bronchitis, catarrh, cough, lung weakness, respiratory
Stomach & Intestinalurinary infections
Skin & Hairallergies, dry skin, eczema, psoriasis
Propertiesastringent, diuretic, stimulant, warming
The larch is a deciduous tree and loses its leaves in the autumn. The shoots are dimorphic, with growth divided into long shoots typically 10–50 centimetres long and bearing several buds, and short shoots only 1–2 mm long with only a single bud.
The leaves are needle-like, 2–5 centimetres long, slender (under 1 cm wide). They are borne singly, spirally arranged on the long shoots, and in dense clusters of 20–50 needles on the short shoots. The needles turn yellow and fall in the late autumn, leaving the trees leafless through the winter.
Larch cones are erect, small, 1–9 cm long, green or purple, ripening brown 5–8 months after pollination; in about half the species the bract scales are long and visible, and in the others, short and hidden between the seed scales.
Those native to northern regions have small cones (1–3 cm) with short bracts, with more southerly species tending to have longer cones (3–9 cm), often with exserted bracts, with the longest cones and bracts produced by the southernmost species, in the Himalayas.
Properties & Uses
Larch has stimulant, expectorant, diuretic and astringent properties. Used externally, it was shown to be helpful in treating chronic eczema and psoriasis. It promotes drainage of mucus, thus being helpful in treating chronic bronchitis. Used internally, Larch is excellent in cases of hemorrhage and cystitis.
Essential oil, resin acids, Pimarinsäure, pimaric, Pimarolsäure, bitter, succinic acid