White Hellebore

What other names is White Hellebore known by?

Ballestera, Ballestera Blanca, Eléboro Blanco, Ellébore Blanc, European Hellebore, European White Hellebore, Hellébore Blanc, Hierba de Ballesteros, Langwort, Rizoma de Veratro, Surbia, Varaire, Varaire Blanc, Vedegambre, Vératre Blanc, Veratrum album, Veratrum lobelianum, White Hellibore.

What is White Hellebore?

White hellebore is an herb that was used historically in Rome as a poison. Later, an extract was used as an arrow-tip poison.

Despite serious safety concerns, the bulb and root are used to make medicine. People take white hellebore for cholera, gout, and high blood pressure.

White hellebore is sometimes applied directly to the affected area for herpes outbreaks.

In manufacturing, white hellebore is used as an insecticide against flies and mosquitoes.

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