Dacha vulnerary herbs: Celandine

The summer and autumn months are a time when medicinal herbs grow luxuriantly at Russian dachas. It’s not hard to find entire “garden pharmacies” with common and rare kinds of medicinal plants. The simplest of these is celandine.

Celandine is picked in bloom in May-September during dry weather. The branches are cut or broken at a height of 10-15 cm from the ground. The sap inside the roots, stems, and leaves is not wasted. Celandine sap possesses anti-inflammatory, anti-itch, antimicrobial, wound-healing, and cauterizing properties. The fresh sap and crushed herbs of celandine are used to treat warts, corns, and even freckles.

The Russian name for celandine (chistotel, meaning “body-purifier”) comes from the plant’s ability to heal various skin disorders. Due to its wart-removing properties, celandine is sometimes known in Russian as borodavnik, from the Russian word for “wart” (borodavka).

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