Used in charms to ward off evil spirits.
Associated with faeries.
Also Called: Fairie’s Horse, Faerie’s Horse, Fairy Horse, Faery Horse
The plant is astringent, diaphoretic, diuretic, emmenagogue and expectorant.
Use with caution, when applied internally it can cause severe damage to the liver.
An emollient poultice is made from the leaves.
The juice of the plant is cooling and astringent, it is used as a wash in burns, sores, cancerous ulcers and eye inflammations.
It makes a good gargle for ulcerated mouths and throats and is also said to take away the pain of a bee sting.
Caution is advised here since the plant is poisonous and some people develop a rash from merely touching this plant.
A decoction of the root is said to be good for treating internal bruises and wounds.
A homeopathic remedy is made from the plant. It is used in the treatment of dysmenorrhoea and other female complaints, internal haemorrhages and other internal disorders.