What is Figwort?


Scrophularia nodosa, also known as Figwort, is an herb that belongs to the Scrophulariaceae family. The majority of Scrophularia species are herbaceous annual or perennial plants with a woody base that are occasionally suffruticose and, in rare instances, spinose. Nonetheless, several species in this family are subshrubs. There are 220 genera in this family. Scrophularia is an extensive genus in the Scrophulariaceae family. These genera are primarily found in mountainous areas, except in deserts. There are 60 members of this genus in Iran’s flora, which can be used as a diuretic, circulatory stimulant, and heart stimulant1.

Flowering figwort on white background
Fig.1. Image of Figwort2.
Bioactivity of Figwort

Scrophularia’s three primary chemical compositions have been recognized as iridoid glycosides, triterpenoid glycosides and phenolic acids. Phenylpropanoid glycosides, glycoside esters, iridoids and saponins are all also present in several plants. According to data taken from several studies over the past few years, the majority of iridoids’ bioactivity includes anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory, and antiprotozoal properties1.

The number of studies on phytochemicals, pharmacological effects, and therapeutic properties of Scrophularia species has expanded dramatically in recent years. According to the existing studies, several factors add value to the testing of this genus, including the fact that some of the Scrophularia species were used as traditional methods to treat illnesses, such as anti-inflammatory and anti-infection treatments. As a result, Scrophularia’s medicinal significance has led scientists to concentrate on isolating and determining its bioactive constituents1.

Can I find Figwort in Copper Hawk Natural Animal First Aid?

Copper Hawk Natural Animal First Aid is a product that is used as a barrier ointment to protect minor wounds. It is a petrolatum-based infusion of 5 natural herbal extracts, including Figwort. For your horse, cat or dog at home, purchase this Copper Hawk product for the full experience of these promising benefits!


Pasdaran, A., & Hamedi, A. (2017). The genus Scrophularia: a source of iridoids and terpenoids with a diverse biological activity – https://doi.org/10.1080/13880209.2017.1397178

Anonymous (2013) Scrophularia nodosa – mother tincture, Scrophularia nodosa – Mother Tincture. Blogger. Available at: https://homeoresearch.blogspot.com/2013/03/scrophularia-nodosa-mother-tincture.html (Accessed: April 13, 2023).

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