Alkanna strigosa

Flora Palaestina Ethnobotany

Alkanna strigosa Boiss & Hohen.


  • Strigose Alkanet
  • hawa juwani هواء جواني
  • alkana semura
  • אַלְקַנָּה סְמוּרָה


  • Batha
  • Phrygana
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Medicinal Complaints / Uses

Alkanna strigosa Boiss & Hohen.

System/State Traditional
Activity / Interpretation
Preparation/ Administration
Parts Used

Swollen skin lesions


Decoct root, mix + olive oil & apply to lesion.

Root Z
Musculoskeletal/ Joints

Bone fracture


Decoct root, mix + olive oil & apply to lesion.

Root Z
Wound Healing

Infected abscess


Decoct root, mix + olive oil & apply to lesion.

Root Z

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1. Z notes that the root of another species in this genus (Alkanna tinctora) found in S.E Europe is used to extract a+K19:K20 dye.
2. Z notes that alkanins in this genus have anti-microbial & wound healing properties & are used for skin ulcers. He quotes Dioscorides (1st century Greek physician): "helps those bitten by venomous beasts; chewing root & spit in mouth of serpant will kill reptile"


Alkanna strigosa roots contain pyrrolizidine alkaloids & should be avoided in pregnancy. May cause acute liver failure, cirrhosis, pneumonitis, pulmonary hypertension & heart failure.