Also known as: Pilewort, Figwort
Uses: Cosmetic, Culinary, Medicinal
Parts Used: flower buds, pre-flowering leaves (must be cooked to eat), bulb-lets, tubers
Preparation: Cooked, Infusion, Ointment, Flower Essence, Tincture
- Symbolizes: Breaking Free
- Language of Flowers meaning: Joys to come
- Associated with: Promoting Happiness and Crown, Throat and Root Chakra’s
- Element: Fire
- Governed by: Sun
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Lesser Celandine has small heart-shaped leaves, tubers and little bulb-lets. All of these can be cooked and eaten like a vegetable either by boiling or frying. The leaves should be picked prior to flowering. When the plant begins to flower the leaves have a strong juice that can cause irritation and mouth sores.
Health and Well-being
In the past lesser Celandine was used by sailors to treat scurvy as it is high in Vitamin C. It has also been used in ointment to treat piles, warts and corns. All parts of this plant can be used including the flower petals for whitening teeth and infusing with water as a skin toner. Lesser Celandine has high astringent qualities.
Traditional uses and properties of herbs are for educational purposes only. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Every attempt has been made for accuracy, but none is guaranteed. Any serious health concerns or if you are pregnant, you should always check with your health care practitioner before self-administering herbs.
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Feldenkrais® Practitioner since 2007, Communication & Empathy Coach since 2004, Art of Placement since 2000