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Some wild Bri­tish plants, used in the past in herbal medicine, are con­sid­ered to be of proven ther­a­peu­tic value or wor­thy of mod­ern sci­en­tific in­ves­ti­ga­tion. None of them should be used in home reme­dies and self-med­i­ca­tion; some are highly toxic. They in­clude: ● opium poppy, deadly night­shade and hen­bane (nar­cotic, pain-killing and seda­tive) ● scurvy­grass, wa­ter­cress and lady’s smock (an­ti­scor­bu­tic) ● birch, dan­de­lion, pars­ley, as­para­gus and spiny resthar­row (di­uret­ics) ● mint, dill, flea­wort, bur­dock and worm­wood (gas­troin­testi­nal treat­ments) ● alder buck­thorn (lax­a­tive) ● ag­ri­mony (anti-di­ar­rhoeal) ● tansy (worm-purg­ing) ● bry­ony (emetic) ● marsh­mal­low and greater bur­net sax­ifrage (cough cures) ● marigold, yarrow and all-heal (an­ti­in­flam­ma­to­ries and an­ti­sep­tics) ● wil­low and mead­owsweet (anal­gesic, febrifuge) ● fox­glove and lily-of-the-val­ley (car­diac stim­u­lants) ● fever­few (anti-mi­graine) ● St John’s wort (anti-de­pres­sant)

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