William Shakespeare was so taken by the beauty and benefit of cowslip that he immortalised it no less than 8 times throughout his plays.
In the 17th century, the famous English botanist Nicholas Culpepper asserted that anyone who used the distilled water from cowslip, or an ointment made from its flower, would become more beautiful.
Modern herbalists still make a skin cleaning lotion from cowslip. It is said to be useful in treating acne, pimples, and other skin blemishes.
Its unique cleansing properties are said to remove dirt, and open the pores of the skin, allowing for a fresher, smoother look.
It has been used for centuries to make sedative tea. Its leaves are said to be mildly narcotic, and it is used as an herbal remedy for insomnia as hell as hyperactivity.
In Europe, it has been an effective calming beverage for problems related to nerves and anxiety for many generations. The flowers are thought to be a milder sedative, and are used to calm children and help them sleep