Umbelliferae / Apiaceae
False Queen Annes Lace, White Dill , Bullwort, Meadowsweet, Woodnep
Aromatic, carminative, contraceptive, digestive, diuretic, tonic.
Seed , leaf , root.
Ammoidin , flavinoids, furanocoumarins and tannins .
The seeds of Bishops weed can be used as a contraceptive, similar to the morning after pill. A decoction of the ground-up seed, eaten after intercourse, appears able to prevent implantation of the fertilized ovum in the uterus. This decoction is also used as a gargle in the treatment of toothache. The seed contains furanocoumarins (including bergapten), which stimulate pigment production in skin that is exposed to bright sunlight. as a result of this , they reputedly have been used to treat vitiligo and have been used to treat psoriasis . They help to calm the digestive system and have been used to treat asthma and angina.