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Biological Name: Chelidonium majusCelandine

Other Names: touch-me-not, Celandine, weathercock, Chelidonium, balsam weed, garden celandine, slipper weed, great celandine, pale touch-me-not, tetterwort, snap weed, jewel weed, slippers, quick-in-hand

Elements Applied: The rhizome and leaves are commonly applied in herbal medicine.

Used For: The remedy is applied for relieving spasms and pains, boosting perspiration and urinations, as well as treating constipation, while washing away water from the bowels.

If applied orally, has a particular influence on gastro-intestinal tract (liver, gallbladder and stomach), while being a pain relief in case of asthma. Due to its ability to move water away from bowels the plant is applied for dropsy. The plant is applied topically in form of ointments to treat skin conditions like ringworm, eczema, and herpes. Its juice is known to fight infections, due to which fact it has been applied for healing warts. When applied externally the juice is combined with vinegar.

Additional Info: Celandine grows wild in damply areas or moisturized soil of northern US areas, as well as at the roadsides, hedges, and fences across Europe. Its thick rhizome is brownish from the outer side, yellowish inside, and excretes juice.

The stem has no fuzz and is round-shaped. Its leaves are grouped into leaflets and have a pinnate form. The plant blossoms from late spring to early autumn and its flowers are of pale yellow color. The herb excretes yellowish juice of bitter taste which becomes red contacting with air.

Preparation and Intake: The rhizome should be collected in spring, before blossoming. Exercise care when applying the herb, do it only under medical control. The herb is more effective in fresh condition.

For an infusion take 1 teaspoon of rhizome and fill it up with 1 glass of boiling water, let it infuse for half an hour. Take cold, half a cup per day.

In form of tincture the plant is applied in a dose of 10 drops on average.

To treat warts, apply plant juice externally, no more than thrice a day for 2-3 blisters.

Safety: Warning! The juice is highly toxic and can cause lung or liver congestion, as well as produce narcotic effect on the central nervous system. The freshly cut plant can poison the skin.

Not suggested for use. Careful application under medical control only.