Botanical Name: Chelidonium majus
- Also, Known As: Garden celandine. Chelidonium majus L, Scholkraut. Herbe aux hirondelles, Cheldonia maggiore, Celidonia Herb, Garden Celandine, Greater Celandine, Tetterwort, Chelidonium, common celandine, garden celandine, tetterwort, swallowwort
Part used: Whole plant
The Celandine is an herbaceous perennial. The root is thick and fleshy. The stem, which is slender, round, and slightly hairy, grows from 1 to 3 feet high and is much branched; at the points where the branches are given off, it is swollen and jointed and breaks very easily.
When the plant is cut or wounded a noticeable, unpleasant yellow sap flows out, and is of offensive odor, nauseous, bitter tasting with a biting sensation when put to the mouth. The juice stains the hands strongly.
The leaves are yellowish-green, much paler, greyish below, and very thin in texture drooping immediately on gathering. They are graceful in form and slightly hairy, 2 to 10 inches long, 1 to 3 inches wide, deeply divided as far as the central rib, to form usually two pairs of leaflets those are placed opposite to one another with a large terminal leaflet. The margins of the leaflets are cut into by rounded teeth. The flowers drop very quickly when picked. They are arranged at the ends of the stems in loose umbels. They blossom throughout the summer, being succeeded by narrow, long pods, containing blackish seeds.
How to use:
The basic method for dried herbs and flower is, take 2-3 tablespoons of dried herb in a cup of teapot. Pour hot water over it and cover it with lid for 10-30 minutes. Hot water is needed to draw out the antioxidants, enzymes, vitamins, flavonoids, and volatile oils from the botanicals. Strain and squeeze out as much as liquid as possible and enjoy!
- You can sweeten your herbal tea with bit of honey, natural fruit juice, stevia leaves powder and or licorice root powder.
- You can make ice cubes or pops by freezing tea in ice tray or pop molds.
You should consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using any herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.
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