- What other names is Hemlock Water Dropwort known by?
- What is Hemlock Water Dropwort?
- How does Hemlock Water Dropwort work?
- Are there safety concerns?
- Dosing considerations for Hemlock Water Dropwort.
Be careful not to confuse hemlock water dropwort with similar sounding plants such as water hemlock and hemlock. Also be careful not to mistake the extremely poisonous hemlock water dropwort with other similar looking plants, such as wild parsnip, sweet flag, or pignut.
Hemlock water dropwort is used as a poultice for pimples, rashes, and other skin breakouts. A poultice is a warm, moist preparation of the herb that is contained in a sack and placed directly on the skin.
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- Use as a poultice for skin breakouts.
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It is not known if hemlock water dropwort is safe for use on the skin or what the side effects might be. But since it is known to be poisonous if accidentally swallowed, especially to children, it is a dangerous substance to handle and use should be avoided.
Special Precautions & Warnings:Hemlock water dropwort isn't safe for anyone to use. Some people are especially sensitive to the poisonous effects and should be especially careful to avoid use.
Children: Keep children away from hemlock water dropwort. Children have been accidentally poisoned after eating the plant's roots.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Hemlock water dropwort is UNSAFE for anyone to use, but women who are pregnant or breast-feeding have the health of their babies as extra reasons to avoid use.
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Last Editorial Review: 3/29/2011