Medicine Woman

  (Waynesville, North Carolina)
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Dangerous Herbs that EVERYONE should be leery of

The desire to get back to nature is increasing the numbers and ages most likely to be poisoned  by using herbs.  It's not just the folks who want to use alternative medicine for their healthcare, larger numbers of us are hiking, camping and wild crafting. I have noticed  there are so many books written in the past 20 to 30 years by people supposedly in the know of herbs  and all saying basically about the same thing about the same herbs.  Many of the herbs these people suggest using are downright dangerous.  Furthermore, they are not using the herb formula correctly.

 

While it is true that many herb plants were used for a wide range of illnesses in the past, we need to be aware that many of the historical uses have proven to be ineffective for the problems to which they were applied.

Even though you may have heard of some or  all of the following herbs, be aware that they are not safe  for humans to use. 

 

The following is a list of herbs that EVERYONE should be leery of:

 

Angelica

Apple (Balsam)

Apple (Bitter)

Baneberry

Belladonna Lily  of the Amaryllis Family

Bloodroot

Bryony, Black

Bryony, European White

Bryony, White

Cabbage Tree

Calabar Bean

Calotropis Cherry Laurel

Chaparral

Clematis

Coca, Bolivian

Cocculus, Indicus

Comfrey  (internally; externally  is ok if used sparingly)

Datura  (Angel’s Trumpet)

Dropwort, Hemlock Water

Foxglove

Gelsemium

Germander

Hellebore, Black

Hellebore, False

Hellebore, Green

Hellebore, White Hemlock

Hemlock

Hemlock, Water

Hemp, Indian

Henbane

Ignatius Beans

Ivy, Poison

Jin Bu Huan

Laburnum

Laurel, Mountain

Lobelia

Lovage, Water

Ma huang

Mescal Buttons

Nightshade, Black

Nightshade, Deadly Nux Vomica

Paris, Herb

Poppy, White

Saffron, Meadow

Spurges

Stavesacre

Strophanthus

Thornapple

Wake Robin, American

Yew

 

 
 
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