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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