ALYSSIUM - lobularia maritima
The Sweet Alyssium skirts the sides of our herb gardens with the stunning speckles of its wild white blossom. A readily used folk remedy renowned around the globe.
Members of the Brassicaceae (cabbage) family, Alyssium plants produce a carpet of pretty petite petals, in a pallet of picturesque purples or a wondrous white.
L. Maritima is commonly known as the Carpet flower, Snowdrift, Sweet Alison, it's blossom produces a sweet linalool aroma.
It's as useful as it is an ornamental plant. Alyssium has a rich history amongst herbalists for its use as a diuretic, antiscorbutic, and as an astringent in the treatment of gonorrhea.
In Southern Italy, this species is used to suppress abdominal pains, coughs and colds. (Ref1.)
Studies show good antioxidant potential in the methanolic properties it contains, which has proven to be effective in inhibiting the production of nitric oxide in murine macrophages cell lines found in lab mice.