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Purslane (Portulaca oleracea)

Often regarded as a “longevity herb,” common purslane has been grown for more than 4,000 years as an edible and medicinal plant. Its extract is considered to have value as an anti-oxidant. Modern science credits Purslane with anti-inflammatory1, anti-microbial2, anti- P. acne, a pathogen in acne, and anti-oxidative3properties. Wound healing support4



  1. Chan K. et al., The analgesic and anti-inflammatory effects of Portulaca oleracea L. subsp. Sativa (Haw.) Celak. J Ethnopharmacol. 2000. 73:445-51.
  2. Lim YH. et al., In vitro activity of kaempferol isolated from the Impatiens balsamina alone and in combination with erythromycin or clindamycin against Propionibacterium acnes. J Microbiol. 2007;45(5):473-7.
  3. Yang Z, Liu C, Xiang L, Zheng Y. Phenolic alkaloids as a new class of antioxidants in Portulaca oleracea. Phytother Res. 2009 Jul;23(7):1032-5.
4. Rashed AN, et al., Simple evaluation of the wound healing activity of a crude extract of Portulaca oleracea L. (growing in Jordan) in Mus musculus JVI-1. J Ethnopharmacol. 2003. 88(2-3):131-6.
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