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Privet (Ligustrum vulgare)

Slightly poisonous!



fever-reducing, anti-inflammatory

Areas of application:

Gargle for mumps or mouth rot, sore throat, angina, fever, pneumonia, pleurisy

Plant parts used:

Flowers, leaves, berries

Collection time:

June to September

To find:

At the edges of forests or in clearings, as undergrowth, otherwise in gardens


Bitter substances, tannins, resins, dyes, ligulin, ligustrine


Up to 5 berries can be tolerated by an adult without symptoms of poisoning occurring. I still wouldn't try it. You should dose carefully, because less is more.

If you are allergic to pollen, you should stay away from privet. Some people react with asthma-like symptoms when the plants bloom. All that was left to do was cut the flowers away before they really started to bloom.


Hildegard von Bingen: Privet is like a weed and is not suitable for medicinal purposes. For if a man were to eat of its seed or its fruit, it would be like poison to him.

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