Herbal remedies are a safe and gentle way to treat and cure just about every type of medical problem or health condition. However, most people do not realize that are some toxic herbs to be aware of. Herbs are also not interchangeable. These misconceptions are the reason some people might overdose or accidentally poison themselves. The best prevention is to educate yourself when learning to naturally heal your body.
Arnica, Belladonna and even Mistletoe are just a few herbs that are used in homeopathic remedies. Now, as some people may realize, homeopathy uses only small diluted traces of an herb. The herb in full effect can be highly toxic so it must be reduced so much that only a faint trace is left for it to work properly. For homeopathic remedies a person should seek the advice of a professional and follow proper dosing instructions. Never, under any circumstances, should a person utilize fresh herbs from any homeopathic remedies for supplemental use as an overdose is likely to occur. Toxic elements are present in most herbs used in homeopathy- I simply can not stress that point enough.
Herbs such as Foxglove and Ipecac are taken internally but these are two elements that must be taken in moderation. The same can be said about Belladonna and a number of others. Herbal remedies that contain these herbs and other powerful elements can prove to be quite useful and safe but only in small doses. So when growing herbs, buying supplements or making homemade teas from bul herbs it is important to know what you are dealing with.
Toxic Herbs List
The following list is comprised of herbs that are often mistaken for being 100% safe or herbs which can be taken often. They are commonly found in a variety of natural remedies. What is important to realize is that not all of these are things a person would take internally. For instance some people might inadvertently poison themselves with toxic herbs if they assume that just because they can use an herbal remedy externally, they can also use the herb internally. Another mistake is taking too much of an herb that is supposed to be used in small amounts.
• Arnica (Arnica montana)
• Belladonna (Atropa belladonna)
• Bittersweet (Solanum dulcamara)
• Bryony (Bryonia dioica)
• Chaparral (Larrea tridentata)
• Comfrey (Symphytum officinale)
• European pennyroyal (Mentha pulegium)
• Foxglove (Digitalis purpurea)
• Indian snakeroot (Rauwolfia serpentina)
• Ipecac (Cephaelis ipecacuanha)
• Jimsonweed (Datura stamonium)
• Lily of the valley (Convallaria majalis)
• Mandrake (Mandragora officinarum)
• Mayapple (Podophyllum peltatum)
• Mistletoe (Viscum album)
• Pennyroyal (Hedeoma pulegiodes)
• Pheasant’s eye (Adonis vernalis)
• Poke root (Phytolacca americana)
• Squill (Urginea maritima)
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