||Spotted Hemlock, Herb Bennet
General description and domicile:
Hemlock looks very similar to wild parsley - a great reason why we should not
gather our own food from the wild unless we are expert at identifying, and so
differentiating between, safe plants and dangerous plants.
The leaves are small and similar to parsley, stems are green with purple-red
marks, and small white flowers bloom in small clusters similar to Dill.
Hemlock is a deadly poison that acts on and paralysis the nervous system causing
respiratory failure, cardiac failure and death. Hemlock may be regarded as a
valuable medicinal plant by some of the experienced herbalists but unless you
are an expert in the use of hemlock do not even touch the plant, let alone
ingest any of it.
Hemlock is not recommended. there are other herbs that have the
same, but not as deadly, applications - use them instead. You can find
alternatives by researching your symptom/s on our
This page is included for the completeness of information only
and should not be construed in any way as an endorsement of hemlock. It is
way too poisonous to use with safety.
Part used and extraction:
All of the plant is used.
The juice that is present in the stalks and leaves, collected after flowering
but before the development of fruit, is regarded as the superior source but it
is the berries or fruit that contain the highest percentage of Coniine -
the active alkaloid.
Powdered leaves, Fluid extract of leaves, stems, fruit and seed, Juice or
tincture. These may all be available but seeing that there is such a small
margin between a therapeutic dose and a fatal dose and it is never sure how much
of the alkaloid is present in aforementioned alternatives, do not even try to
use this medicine. Leave it to an expert (and seeing that your life may depend
on it - make sure it is a true expert).
At the time that Socrates was sentenced to death, hemlock was used as the potion
for capital punishment. Socrates apparently described his symptoms as losing the
feeling in his extremities before paralysis set in. It is said that it does not
affect the mind to the end. Shakespeare also liked to use hemlock as the poison
of intrigue and mystery in his plays.
In ancient Greece and Arabia hemlock was used for tumors and cancers, skin
disease and inflammation of muscles and joints.
Used for treatment of:
Because it is so poisonous Hemlock is not used very frequently in herbal
practice and should never be included as one of the home remedies. It however
has very definite medicinal effects and i mention these in the interest of
Use only under medical supervision.
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