Greater Celandine is not related to the Lesser Celandine (Ranunculus
ficaria) and the only thing they have in common is the colour of their flowers.
Greater Celandine grows to a height of 30 to 80 cm, is much branched and
flowers from May until well into Autumn. Its much divided leaves resemble
oak leaves and the roots and stems have an orange-yellow juice. It grows in
hedgerows, by walls and fences, on waste ground and favours south-facing edges
of woods. The summer may be dry and the ground parched and the orange-yellow
juice still flows freely when the stem is broken. Even in winter this plant can
be found under the snow, if its position is known.
The plant purifies and
stimulates the blood and I would use it together with Stinging Nettle and Elder
shoots in cases of leukaemia. But to be effective, at least 2 litres of tea made
from the mixture have to be drunk daily.
Greater Celandine is a reliable remedy
for serious liver ailments when used in a homeopathic form. Because of its blood
and liver-cleansing qualities it has a positive influence on the metabolism.
This medicinal herb can be used effectively for gall bladder, kidney and liver
diseases. Prepared with wine (30 g Greater Celandine including the roots should
be placed in half a liter of white wine for one or two hours), it is a quick
cure for jaundice. It can also be recommended for haemorrhoids accompanied by a
burning sensation in the anus, for stinging pain and cramps while urinating, as
well as for buzzing in the ears. In these cases 2-3 cups of tea (which should be
scalded but not boiled) should be sipped throughout the day.
juice is used for malignant skin disorders, corns, warts and incurable herpes.
Cataract and spots on the cornea are caused to disappear gradually. The juice
even helps in cases of a bleeding or detached retina.
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A leaf of the Celandine is
washed and the stem of the leaf is rubbed between the wet thumb and index
finger. The juice thus won is brushed gently over the closed eyes towards the
corners. Although not rubbed into the eyes, they nevertheless benefit from it.
This holds good for cataract and defective vision and is prophylactic for
healthy but strained eyes. I, myself, when working until late at night finishing
my correspondence feel its beneficial effect, when overtired, I fetch a leaf of
Celandine from the garden and use it as described above. It is as if a mist is
lifted from my eyes. A homoeopathic tincture of Celandine is used for the above
mentioned disorders, in 10 to 15 drop doses, diluted in some water and taken two
to three times daily.
A few year ago, I was told of a farmer's wife who had a
red growth, the size of a little finger tip, on the lower eyelid. The eye
specialist from whom she wanted a prescription for glasses did not like the look
of it - she had this growth for 7 to 8 years without it causing her any pain -
and obtained a biopsy. It was cancer. For the young woman it was a terrible
shock - as you can well imagine. Since the family belonged to our circle of
acquaintances, I was able to bring Celandine to her notice. It was February and
luckily a mild winter, Celandine stays green even in winter. I told her to dig
out the plant and put it in a pot to have it handy. She had to dab the affected
spot with the orange-yellow juice 5 to 6 times a day. Since the growth was on
the lower eyelid I told her that it was harmless to the eye. I told her also to
go to the X-ray treatment once a month as the physician had ordered, although
the rays do not remove cancer-like growths, but in fact destroy still healthy
skin and often also bones. Shortly before Christmas I had the pleasure to hear
that the growth had disappeared. When the woman came to see me, she hugged me at
the door. The eye specialist whom she had seen before had asked her in
astonishment what she had done. To her answer: "I had the monthly X-ray
treatment", he replied, "if the X-ray treatments have removed the growth, it is
a miracle." She then told me that she would not have been able to cope with the
faces (eaten to the bone) of the other patients whom she saw when waiting for
her treatment, had I not given her a lot of hope, faith and belief in herself.
Now my request to you all: Do help in similar cases and save your fellow human
being from a terrible end. In the environment polluting times in which we live,
there is an increase in cases of skin cancer developing out of red and suddenly
Facial hair and increased growth of hair on arms and legs of
women points to kidney disorders. Celandine juice which is obtained with the
juice extractor (the fresh juice will keep up to six months in the refrigerator)
is dabbed on the affected places; it is allowed to penetrate for a few hours,
then washed with a mild soap and the somewhat dried out skin is treated with
Calendula ointment, Camomile oil or St. John's Wort oil (see "directions"). In
addition a course of Stinging Nettle tea, at least 3 to 4 cups throughout the
day, together with Horsetail sitz baths should be undertaken to better stimulate
the kidneys (see under "Horsetail").
An acquaintance from the district of Mainz
(Germany) used the Celandine juice as stated during his daily walks. An Alsatian
dog, already on in years, was his faithful companion. As a joke he smeared the
dogs eyes once with the juice which was apparently beneficial, as the dog from
that time on sat begging in front of his master whenever he used the Celandine
In Upper Austria, where I gave a lecture in November, I got to know a
sexton who wore glasses. When I came back in February the sexton no longer wore
glasses. Asked for the reason, he told me that since November he had followed my
advice on the Celandine treatment daily. He saw much better now than before with
glasses. At this time he must have obtained the Celandine leaves from beneath
the snow. I cite this to show that certain medicinal plants are found fresh in
winter, when all the other plants appear to be dead.
Infusion: 1/4 litre of boiling water is poured over 1
level teaspoon of herbs. Fresh Juice: Leaves, stems and
flowers are washed and, still wet, put into the juice extractor for external
application. Tincture: As an homoeopathic preparation
bought at chemists. Wine: 30 gm. Celandine together with
roots macerated in 1 litre of white wine for 1 to 2 hours, then filter or strain
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