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Celandine (Chelidonium majus)

Slightly Toxic



diuretic, laxative, pain-relieving, dissolving, irritating, eye-strengthening, liver-effective, antispasmodic

Areas of application:

Liver and gallbladder problems, gallstones, hepatitis, liver swelling, jaundice, asthma, bronchial disease, psoriasis, metabolic disorders, as an eye remedy, night blindness, cataracts, conjunctivitis, warts, skin and tissue diseases

Plant parts used:

Herbs and roots

Collection time:

during flowering from May to September

To find:

Near the forest, on rubble sites, on roadsides, on fences or on old walls such as ruins, a tower or a castle


20 alkaloids, coptisine, chelidonine, berberine


☕ Tea: 2 parts celandine, 2 parts peppermint, 1 part caraway, mix these herbs and then pour ¼ liter of boiling water over 2 teaspoons and let it steep for 10 minutes. You drink 1 cup twice a day for approx. 14 days.

Celandine should never be taken alone, but always with other herbs. Mixtures with dandelion, milk thistle, fumitory, St. Benedict's herb, marigold, agrimony or chicory are also possible.

Celandine is a symbolic plant of unity and contentment. It is also a magical plant that allows you to penetrate into other dimensions.

Celandine belongs to the poppy family, which is native to Europe. It grows 30 to 80 centimeters high and is a perennial plant. The celandine sprouts from the finger-thick rhizome. The long, hairy stems have basal rosettes of leaves, from which alternate hairy, pinnately lobed leaves emerge from a gray-green to bluish color. At the end of the stems there are two to six-flowered umbels of golden yellow color made up of four petals and numerous stamens. All parts of the celandine contain the sharp-tasting orange-yellow milky juice, which has a slightly corrosive external effect.

Hildegard von Bingen: warns about celandine and its slimy juice, which contains a black, bitter poison. She even thinks it would hurt people inside. She recommends an ointment made from celandine juice when a person becomes ulcerated from an impurity, i.e. eczema and contact dermatitis.

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