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Butterbur, Red (Petasites hybridus)

Slightly Toxic



Pain-relieving, calming, antispasmodic, menstruation-promoting, diaphoretic, anti-inflammatory, anti-allergic

Areas of application:

Migraines, depression, liver, stomach problems, cramp-like intestinal problems, bronchial problems, asthma, cough, hoarseness, wounds, worm medicines, painful stone diseases, bladder diseases, infectious diseases, neuralgia, rheumatism, gastritis, PMS, incipient sunburn, pollen allergies, hay fever

Plant parts used:

Leaves and roots

Collection time:

April to May

To find:

On bodies of water, in swamps, on streams, damp ditches and river banks.


Pyrrolizdine alkaloids, flavonoids, petasin, bitter and mucilaginous substances, tannins, saponins, essential oil


☕ Tea: 1 teaspoon of leaves are poured with 1/4 liter of boiling water and left to steep for 10 minutes. 2 cups per day are sufficient. Keep the root cold and heat to boiling.

🛑 You should avoid overdosing. It is not recommended for use during pregnancy and breastfeeding, as well as for babies, toddlers and children.

The very young leaves have the lowest content of pyrrolizidine alkaloids and only these should be collected. The pyrrolizidine alkaloids are suspected of being carcinogenic.

The leaves of the butterbur can have a diameter of up to one meter. Under no circumstances should you collect and use them.


Incense root and leaf prepare you for magical works.

The butterbur is an old medicinal plant for the plague.

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