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Identifying Toxic Herbal Plants


When it comes to using herbs
in the wild and other locations to treat your medical ailments, you should know
that there are various selections that should be handled with care. This is
because you never know when you will come across a plant that will affect you
in all the wrong ways. If you are interested in learning the ins and outs of
herbal medicine, you should also know that every plant is not your friend in
medicine. Some can cause severe allergic reactions and even cause death in some
cases.

 

Different plants will exhibit
a wide-range of toxic parts. For some, it is the entire plant that is no good
for an individual to concentrate on. Other items offer toxic flowers, while a
few specimens have poisonous roots, berries, bark, or fruit. Even though an
herb might be recommended for a specific treatment, there are many different
varieties that pose health concerns. For example, although chamomile is known to
treat an array of symptoms, such as fatigue and anxiousness, it can also create
rashes in some. Other herbs that are known to cause skin reactions include
borage, runner beans, yarrow, hops, and primulas.

 

As for toxic fruits, meaning
you should stay clear from even thinking about eating these items, include
well-known examples, such as holly, mistletoe, and sweet pea. Additional fruits
that are known to cause poisonous effects include priver, laburnum, spindle,
and white bryony. Since there are so many fruits and berries that are in the
wild, you should pay close attention to your child because if they become ill
after consuming an unknown plant, you should immediately pay a visit to the
hospital and bring a sample along with you for speedy treatment and diagnosis.
When it comes to the toxic, poisonous, and unsafe parts of herbs, below are a
few to consider:

 

Deadly Nightshade: Also known
as belladonna, this herb was appropriately named when this plant with sedating
properties is used to treat medical woes. It is the black berries of this plant
that proves fatal.

 

Greater Celandine: Using the
yellow sap that runs from this plant can effectively treat warts, but it can
also cause irritation on the skin. When using this plant, it is suggested to
use with caution.

 

Henbane: When used as a
medical approach, this herb is known to assist the treatment of colic and
asthma. While it is a decent herb to handle, it is should not be swallowed when
it is in a fresh state.

 

Monkshood: This is a
poisonous plant that when touched, brings instant numbness.

 

Rue: When found in the wild
on a sunny day, this herb is safe to eat. Many individuals have complained of
damp leaves and the sap causing a rash on their skin.

 

Hemlock: While there are
tales from history regarding this plant possessing a poison that was used as a
method of suicide. The reason this plant is tricky when it comes to herbal
medicine is because it is often mistaken for other common herbs, such as sweet
cicely and cow parsley. Swallowing this plant will bring about fatal
consequences and it should always be handled with extreme care.

 

There are a few
characteristics to be on the lookout for when determining whether or not you
have found hemlock. The texture of the leaf, as well as the shape of its seeds
and smell is also ways to identify hemlock. Red blotches on the stem are also
another decent indicator.