The Moldavian Dragonhead (Dracocephalum moldavica) belongs to the mint family. The Latin name Dracocephalum literally means "dragon's head" and very accurately reflects the shape of the flower.
The plant, also known as Turkish Melissa and Turkish Dragonhead, has beautiful, light blue-violet flowers that exude a delicate, pleasant and slightly honey-citrus-like aroma. Behind the name of this still relatively unknown plant lies an extraordinary healing power that embodies a wide range of healing properties.
In ancient Indian and Tibetan medicine, the plant was used as a tonic prescribed for migraines, toothaches and colds.
The plant contains many valuable active ingredients such as citral and geraniol. This enables the use of Moldavian Balm, as the plant is also called, for faster healing of purulent wounds, bruises, rheumatism and stomatitis (inflammation of the oral mucosa). The tea infusion of the herb is used for palpitations, neuralgia, migraines, headaches, toothaches, cramps and gases in the intestine as well as for all colds and to prevent viral infections.
The Dragonhead has an analgesic, calming and antispasmodic effect. In naturopathy, it is used to stimulate the appetite and improve digestion, to strengthen the immune system, to improve kidney function and to stimulate the activity of the adrenal cortex (this effect is mainly due to citral, which is a natural ingredient in the plant).