Celandine or (Chelidonium magus) belongs to the poppy family. It grows erect and reaches from 30 to 120 cm high. The leaves are oval with wavy-edges about 30 cm across. When injured, the plant exudes a yellow to orange fluid. The flowers consist of four yellow petals, each about 1 cm long.
Celandine herb has been long used as a detoxifying agent, antispasmotic, diuretic, caustic, purgative and foot refresher. The root has been chewed for toothache relief. Other medicinal uses include the removal of warts when mixed with vinegar. As an ointment, it can be used for various skin diseases including eczema and ringworm. When taken internally it has been used for diseases of the stomach, gallbladder and liver. Some claim usefulness in asthma.
Dosage: one or two capsules daily.
Do not confuse this herb with the ‘lesser celandine’ or pilewort and do not give this herb to children.
Other common names include: Greater celandine, garden celandine, tetterwort, jewel weed, quick-in-hand, slippers, snap weed, pale touch-me-not, slipper weed, balsam weed, weathercock, touch-me-not.