LESSER CELANDINE

Ranunculus ficaria
Lesser Celandine is very astringent & it has been used to treat ulcers & sore throats.
Other traditional uses for Lesser Celandine have included support for the liver & gallbladder & poor appetite.
Lesser celandine is sometimes applied directly to the skin for bleeding wounds & gums, swollen joints, scratches & hemorrhoids.

Lesser Celandine’s astringent qualities contract the tissues, reducing secretions & discharges while at the same time toning the blood vessels

It has also been used to treat varicose veins & there are references to the juices from the tubers of this wildflower being used as a topical treatment for warts.

Lesser Celandine combines well with Greater Plantain,Yarrow, Marigold  or Agrimony.


PRECAUTIONS:

Taking it by mouth can cause side effects such as severe irritation of the stomach & intestines,diarrhea & irritation of the urinary tract.
Putting lesser celandine on the skin can cause mucous membrane & skin irritation. 
The fresh, bruised plant can cause blisters if it is in contact with the skin long enough.
Lesser celandine can irritate the GI tract & make GI conditions worse. 
Don’t use lesser celandine if you have a stomach or intestinal problem, especially an infection or a condition that causes swelling.
Pregnant & nursing women should not use Lesser Celandine. 

RECIPES:

A hot poultice or compress can be made from the roots to be placed directly on the affected area.


FOLKLORE:

Lesser Celandine is a Sun & Fire herb, used for fertility, prosperity & prophetic dreams.
The Celts called it Grian (sun) as its petals close up before rain.

Lesser Celandine roots resemble cows teats,so farmers used to hang them in the cowshed in a magical effort to make the cows to produce more milk.

Gypsies say that carrying the spring or two of plant in the pocket will cure piles.


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