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Daphne (Daphne mezereum)



Skin irritating

Areas of application:

As a rub for rheumatic complaints, homeopathy: toothache, headaches, shingles, sore legs, rashes, eczema, nerve pain, skin diseases with itching

Plant parts used:


Collection time:

before flowering (flowering period: March to April)

To find:

Strictly protected plant. Rare in riparian forests, on stream banks and in natural hedges.


Daphnetoxin, mezereum resin, daphnin, flavonoids, sitosterol


The common name Kellerhals probably comes from the tight feeling in the throat when poisoning has occurred.

Daphne is mainly used externally, internally only homeopathically.

🛑 Attention!!! The pretty red berries pose a danger to children. Even 10 berries can cause fatal poisoning. The mucous membranes of the mouth and throat burn, the stomach, intestines and kidneys become severely irritated, and diarrhea and vomiting occur. You must ensure immediate emptying of the stomach and go to the hospital.

Daphne has an intoxicating scent, but it is poisonous. If the branches are touched, skin irritation and even the formation of blisters are possible.

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