Greater Celandine (Chelidonium Majus)

Greater Celandine (Chelidonium Majus) is one of the herbs that fresh has a very unpleasant odor. In the past, it was used to treat vision and to have a calming effect. It is also known for its action against skin cancer.

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Description

General Informations

The Greater Celandine (Latin name: Chelidonium Majus) belongs to the Papaveraceae family. It is found in Europe, West Asia, and South America. It is a perennial plant and blooms from May to August. Its name comes from the «χελιδόνιον» which in ancient Greek meant swallow. When fresh, it has an unpleasant odor. Its leaves are collected in spring, while its roots in autumn.

Health Benefits and Uses

It has a long history as a medicinal plant. In traditional medicine, it was used to cleanse and enhance vision. It is an herb that has a calming effect. Externally it can be used to treat warts. It is known for its anti-cancer action, mainly against skin cancer. External use of the extract stops the growth of molds and lichens.
However, due to its alkaloid content, great care must be taken in the amount consumed, because it is toxic at high concentrations. More specifically, it contains the organic compound called chelidonine which is also found in poppies. This compound has a calming effect on the body. Its concentration is drastically reduced when the plant is dried. At the same time, it has another organic compound, sparteine, which helps regulate arrhythmias.

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Caution! Herbs should not be consumed uncontrollably. Consult your doctor before consumption. They are not substitutes for drugs and can cause side effects and allergies.