The Life of an Urban Herbalist
A collection of musings and some articles with a more scientific approach.
On Wednesday we walked around the gardens behind the war memorial on Victoria Embankment. Amongst the many medicinal species we found two which are known as deadly poisons.
Aconitum napellus, Monks Hood or Wolfsbane is a pretty plant with purply blue flowers and frondy palm like leaves. It grows in a stately fashion toward the back of the boarder and is a member of the delphinium family, most of which are also toxic.
This pretty plant is used only on the skin to treat serious nerve pain such as sciatica or the painful remnants of shingles.
However it should only be used under the guidance of a qualified and experienced herbalist because iif used inappropriately ingestion of the root can cause coma and death. It starts with facial paralysis and eventually interferes with the heart's ability to beat and can cause heart failure.
It was said that witches used this plant in their flying ointments. However there is no record of whether any survived to tell the tale.