How can it be both a healing herb and poison? The secret is in how they are consumed, and dosage as well. Here is a list of herbs that you should be careful, because of its toxic effect.
Some herbs are poisonous when fresh. Therefore, you should take special care in collecting these herbs, preferably with some gloves, and be careful not to touch the face, mouth and eyes.
Sometimes even a single contact with the herb can cause an allergic reaction. Drying or thermal processing significantly reduce the poisonous effect, but in case of overdosage, the plant can also become a poison.
This does not necessarily mean that the whole plant is poisonous, but some of its parts – roots, leaves, fruits, etc.
Sometimes power toxic effect depends on how the plant is young or stage of development (before, during and after flowering, etc.). As for mushrooms it is important to know that herbs should be collected, and which are not.
Symptoms of poisoning include vomiting, severe abdominal pain, skin problems, fatigue, dizziness, abdominal pain, diarrhea, headache, dry mouth, fever, rapid pulse …
in cases of poisoning, the first thing you should do is induce vomiting. Therapy includes gastric lavage, charcoal, and antidote.
St. John’s wort – In combination with exposure to the sun can cause pigmentation of the skin and inflammation
opium poppy – Large amounts can cause poisoning, due to narcotic substances in the plant
Atropa belladonna (belladonna ) – the whole plant is poisonous, but especially its root, due to the high content of alkaloids atropine
Datura -. It contains alkaloids that can cause hallucinations, and overdose can have fatal effects
Milk Snake -. Large doses of this herb have poisonous effect
The poisonous effect of arnica, anemone, sumac, motherwort and other herbs is as extreme as its healing power