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.

Excerpted from Simple Steps: Herbs
Foxglove is Irresistible to Bees and Butterflies Simple Steps: Herbs ©Dorling Kindersley Limited 2009

Digitalis

Foxgloves are grown commercially for their active ingredient, which is used in many coronary or cardiac medicines. There parts of this plant are highly poisonous and if ingested, medical help must be found immediately.

Excerpted from Simple Steps: Herbs

©Dorling Kindersley Limited 2009

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