Cautionary Herbs

Used extensively in medicine, herbs are invaluable but should only be self-administered under medical supervision. Take care in cultivation and identification as some cause skin damage if touched and illness, or even death, if swallowed.

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All Parts of Aconites are Highly Poisonous
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<em>Aconitum</em>

Aconites are easy to confuse with delphiniums, but neither should be eaten. The seeds, roots, flowers, and leaves of aconites are highly toxic if swallowed, first stimulating the central nervous system and then paralyzing it — even simple contact with the skin can cause a numbing effect on some people. It is safest not to grow plants such as these where young children can access them or in mixed beds where harvestable herbs or vegetables are grown.

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