I grew Celandine from seed and transplanted it in the garden, not knowing what an aggressive invasive it was, but it is pretty and definitely shade tolerant.
I have lots of celandine medicine now after “weeding” a little. The stems ooze a yellow latex that stains. The latex is used to get rid of warts, and treats any skin conditions, injuries or infections. Harvest the top 50% just before, or when it flowers in May or June, or use the leaves anytime. It is a potentizing herb that is best used in an herbal formulation mixed with demulcents and soothing herbs to counter any skin, mucus membrane irritations. Caution is strongly advised.
|Common Name||Celandine (Greater) herb/ flowers/ root|
|Latin Name||Chelidonium majus|
|Parts Used||Perennial – herb/ flower- May- June root-fall|
|Target Organs||Digestion, liver/gallbladder, spleen,|
|Common Uses||Liver/ gallbladder: infections, gallstones, spasms, jaundice, hepatitis, Digestive conditions : IBS, constipation, digestive disturbances,Spleen conditions: dysfunction digestion
Skin/Immune: infections, skin conditions, spasms, warts, rhematic conditions, cancer (especially skin, stomach, colon, liver)
Secondary use for soft tissue injuries and coughs
|Properties||antineoplastic, anodyne, analgesic, antibacterial, antifungal, antihepatotoxic, hepatic, bronchodilator, stimulating cardiac, diaphoretic, hypotensive, immune stimulant, narcotic, pancreatic, sedative, spleenic, uterine stimulant, vulnerary, diuretic, antispasmodic, purgative, anti-inflammatory, depurative, appetite stimulant, laxative, cholagogue, purgative,|
|Constituents||Isoquinoline alkaloids: chelidonine, sanuinarine, berberine, allocryptopine, sparteine, stylopine, chelamine, magnoflorine, crytopine, chelerythine, protopine, coptisine; organic acids: chelidonic, malic, citric acid, flavonoids, essential oil, saponins, proteolytic acid, carotenoids, latex,|
|Cautions||Do not use in pregnancy, lactation or for infants. Fresh herb may cause irritations to mucus membranes. Large doses may cause vomiting and diarrhea. Berberine can cause depressed heart function and chronic low pressure with long term use. Dried herb has less caution, but fresh is best used in a formulation up to 25% with combined demulcents. Do not exceed 2-3 month use.|
|Dosage||Formulation Tincture: 2-4ml Dried Tea: 2 tsp 10 min|