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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<em>Ruta Graveolens</em>

This is a small-leaved, somewhat innocuous herb once recommended for inclusion in culinary dishes. It is, however, highly toxic causing mental confusion and inducing abortion in pregnancy. All Ruta spp. must be handled with great care as even the slightest contact of the sap with bare skin can result in the skin becoming ultra sensitized to sunlight. The blistering or dermatitis that ensues can be extensive and very painful.

Other cautionary herbs:
Be cautious in using or collecting more unusual herbs and be aware that this is not an exhaustive list. Some of those included are only likely to be damaging or poisonous if ingested in large quantities.
- Acorus calamus
- Arnica montana
- Artemisia absinthium
- Borago officinalis
- Hypericum perforatum
- Matricaria recutita
- Mentha pulegium
- Symphytum
spp.
- Taxus baccata
- Teucrium
x lucidrys

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