The leaves are antirheumatic, rubefacient & tonic.

Tincture is beneficial in disorders of the mucous membranes & digestive passages,catarrhal affections of the eyes & the ears, as well as for catarrhal diarrhea.
Often used for fears & anxieties, as an aid in insomnia when overworked nerves are the causing factor, for nervous exhaustion, gloom, anxious depression, panic attacks,posttraumatic stress disorder, menstrual issues relating to the nervous system such as cold menstrual headaches & ammenorhoea.
Tincture will also allay spasmodic coughwhooping cough, or bronchitis.

Wood anemone can be taken for stomach painsdelayed menstruation, gout & asthma.

Employed as a rubefacient in the treatment of rheumatism, gout & fevers, it is also used as a vesicant in the removal of corns.

Put leaves in a poultice on the head for headaches.


This is a very low dose herb.
Overdose may cause gastric upset, vomiting, coldness, numbing, burning, tingling, tightness in the chest, or a slowing of the heart.

Fresh wood anemone contains a chemical that can severely irritate the stomach & intestines.
Eating freshly harvested plants can be fatal.
Skin contact can cause slow-healing blisters & burns.


A tincture: is made with vodka or brandy from the entire plant, collected when in flower.
3-4 drops should be given at once with 1 tbsp of water, hot or cold & the same dose may be repeated after an hour if then still needed.


Wood anemone is a flower of healing,protection,sincerity.

In folklore the anemone is believed to bring luck & protection against evil.
Grow anemones near windows, doors & other entrances to protect the residents of the home from illness.

The flower is said to advise us about coming rain by closing its petals.

Gather the  blossoms when first seen in spring,wrap them up in red cloth & wear or carry to prevent disease.
Use the blossoms in all healing rituals.
Eat the first three you see & you'll be free of illness all year; just never bring them into the house.
Blossoms placed in charm bags & carried can also preserve ones health.

The Romans believed that the first flower of the season should be plucked as a charm against fever.
Egyptians considered them symbols of sickness.
The early Europeans believed so strongly that these flowers brought on illness, that they held their breath when passing anemones.
In China the flowers were associated with death & were planted on graves.
In North America, the Meskwakis burned anemone seeds. The smoke was supposed to revive unconscious people.

Fairies were believed to sleep beneath the petals of the wood anemone during the night after they closed at sunset.

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