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Yew (Taxus baccata)

Very poisonous



Anti-cancer, effective for the heart

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Plant parts used:

Needles, fruits without seeds

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Taxi, Taxicatin


🛑 Caution: Everything about the yew tree is highly poisonous, except the red, slimy flesh of its berries. You can eat these berries, but with concentration, because the tightly sticking core must be spit out so that you don't accidentally swallow it. It also contains the heart-paralyzing poison cocktail. The risk is too great for children and they should be warned about the yew tree. A medicinal application should be rejected because of the risk of poisoning. In folk medicine, worm treatments were previously carried out with yew leaves, some of which led to the death of those treated.

The yew tree is planted in cemeteries; it has long been considered to scare away demons and as a tree for the dead. She is the Guardian of the North, who puts goblins and dwarves in their place who want to invade the human kingdom to play practical jokes. Magic wands are carved from yew wood.

Hildegard von Bingen: The yew tree represents joy. And when the wood is lit, neither steam nor smoke harms it. If anyone has an infirmity in his nose and chest, let him inhale the smoke and the foul juices will disappear.

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