Carpenter’s Square

Carpenter’s Square (Figwort)

Carpenter’s Square(Common Names: Figwort, Knotty Rooted Figwort, Kernelwort, Scrofula Plant) Is a detoxifying herb and may be used as a treatment for many different skin conditions.  It is native to Europe, Central Asia and North America and thrives in damp places such as riverbanks and along ditches.  Herbalists also call figwort scrophularia due to its use as a remedy for “scrofulous ailments,” such as tuberculosis of the lymph glands and other diseases that involve edema and eruptions.

It is a relative to foxglove and contains a cardio active substance that strengthens the heart and slows its beat.  Carpenter’s Square is mildly diuretic and also has strong purgative and emetic properties, and must be used with care.

It cleans the spleen and tonsils and has been noted to help in expelling parasites when taken internally.  Applied externally it may be used to remove fig warts from skin as well as treat psoriasis and eczema.

Parts used of this plant are the aerial parts and the roots.


PROPERTIES AND USES: Spleen, tonsils, abscesses, psoriasis, eczema.

Scientific classification

Kingdom:        Plantae

(unranked):      Angiosperms

(unranked):      Eudicots

(unranked):      Asterids

Order:              Lamiales

Family:            Scrophulariaceae

Genus:             Scrophularia

Species:           S. nodosa


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