Pellitories (Parietaria officinalis) is a small, herbaceous plant that grows throughout much of Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East. It is an annual or perennial, depending on the local climate, and can reach to a height of up to a meter. Pellitories have small, green flowers and finely-divided, narrow leaves. The plant is edible and has long been used in herbal medicine for a variety of ailments.
Pellitories have a long history of medicinal use. It has long been used to treat digestive complaints, including indigestion and heartburn, as well as respiratory conditions like asthma and bronchitis. The plant has traditionally been used topically to treat skin ailments, such as eczema, psoriasis, and itchy skin. It is thought to act as an anti-inflammatory and is even believed to have antiseptic properties.
In addition to medicinal uses, pellitories can be used as a food source. The leaves and flowers can be eaten fresh, cooked, or added to salads. The plant is nutritious, containing vitamins A and D, minerals, and an abundance of antioxidants. Additionally, the leaves and flowers can be used to make tea, which is said to have a pleasant, nutty flavor.