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Monkshood (Aconitum napellus)

Very poisonous



pain-relieving, fever-reducing, killing

Areas of application:

Homeopathy: at the beginning of the illness with fever, numbness in the limbs, with a heavy head, inflamed eyes, swollen eyelids, sensitivity to noise, runny nose, a lot of sneezing, dry mucous membranes, hot hands, cold feet, rheumatic inflammation in the hip or thigh

The extract is made from the herb and daughter tubers and is only used by doctors for flu-like infections and to relieve pain.

Plant parts used:

Daughter tubers that are quickly dried at approx. 50 degrees.

Collection time:


To find:

Protected plant found in moist high mountain meadows.


Alkaloid, aconite, napellin, sugar, starch


🛑 Attention: Poisoning can occur just by holding the tuber in your hand for a long time. The alkaloid aconitine is deadly in even the smallest amounts; it is found in the greatest concentration in the root tuber. But the leaves also have something special. Touching the plant and subsequent brief contact with the lips (because a mosquito had to be scared away) resulted in a completely numb feeling in the entire lip region, similar to that after an injection from the dentist. Monkshood therefore does not belong in a garden where children can have contact with it (even if accidentally).

Monkshood used to be part of witches' ointment and was used by doctors as a painkiller or sedative.

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