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  • Chelidonium majus
  • Origin: Hungary


Common Name

Standardized: celandine
Other: greater celandine

Botanical Name

Chelidonium majus L.
Plant Family: Papaveraceae



Celandine is a herbaceous perennial in the poppy family, with blue-green, divided leaves and flowers of four yellow petals yielding a pod-like fruit. It has an odd and unpleasant odor and a bitter and pungent taste. It is indigenous to Europe, but is naturalized in the United States. The word celandine is a corruption of the Greek word Chelidon, which translates as "a swallow". This refers to the tradition of Chelidonium, which says that the herb blooms when the swallows arrive, and fades when they depart.


Berberine (the same chemical found in goldenseal and Oregon grape root), sanguinarine (also found in blood root), chelidonine, protopine, coptisine, and stylopine. The root has a much greater content of these chemicals than the above-ground parts of the plant.

Parts Used

The above-ground parts of the plant, dried, cut and/or powdered.

Typical Preparations

Can be used to make teas, but more often used as an extract or encapsulation.


When burned as incense, celandine is said to be protective and confusing to ones enemies, and reputed to keep away both witches and the police.


Specific: Not for use in pregnancy or lactation except under the supervision of a qualified healthcare practitioner. Not for use in persons with biliary obstruction having a history of liver disease, or taking substances contraindicated with liver disease. Not for long term use except under the supervision of a qualified healthcare practitioner.
General: We recommend that you consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.

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