Figwort (Scrophularia nodosa) is one of those neglected herbs that you could very easily pass by without even knowing it was there, but it is flowering abundantly, if insignificantly, at the moment. Its name comes from ‘scrofula’ (known these days as ‘mycobacterial cervical lymphadenitis’) – a horrible skin disease linked to TB. In the Middle Ages, it was believed that scrofula could be healed by “the royal touch” from a monarch! Figwort is a strong, bitter tasting herb with anti-inflammatory and wound healing properties, it is a mild diuretic, but also affects blood pressure and is purgative in large doses. It is usually used to alleviate eczema, psoriasis, itchy skin and enlarged lymph nodes.