Last Editorial Review: 6/11/2021
Other Name(s):

Albarraz, Delphinium staphisagria, Herbe aux Goutteux, Herbe aux Poux, Raisin Sauvage, Staphisagra, Staphisaigre, Staphysagria, Staphysaigre.


Stavesacre is a plant. The seeds, though poisonous when taken by mouth, are used to make medicine that is applied to the skin.

Washes or ointments made from stavesacre seeds are applied to the skin to treat lice and nerve pain.

How does it work?

There isn't enough information available to know how stavesacre might work.


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Uses & Effectiveness

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Head lice, when applied to the skin.
  • Nerve pain, when applied to the skin.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of stavesacre for these uses.

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate (detailed description of each of the ratings).

Side Effects

Stavesacre is UNSAFE to take by mouth. The seeds of the plant are poisonous and can cause side effects such as nausea, stomach pain, itching, urination difficulty, and trouble breathing.

It is not known if stavesacre is safe when applied to the skin. It can cause swelling (inflammation), skin redness, and other skin problems.


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Special Precautions & Warnings

While stavesacre is UNSAFE for anyone to take by mouth, some people are especially sensitive to the toxic effects. Be particularly careful not to use stavesacre if you have one of the following conditions:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: It's UNSAFE to take stavesacre by mouth. There isn't enough information to know whether it's safe to apply to the skin. Stay on the safe side and avoid using stavesacre if you are pregnant or breast-feeding.

Stomach or intestinal problems: Stavesacre can irritate the lining of the stomach and intestines and can make stomach and intestinal conditions worse.


The appropriate dose of stavesacre depends on several factors such as the user's age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for stavesacre. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.

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