Oleander Herb - Uses And Side Effects
A popular ornamental shrub native to the Mediterranean region, oleander (Nerium oleander) grows widely throughout the southern and southwestern United States and California. Reaching about 20 feet tall, it has long, narrow, pointed leaves and produces small clusters of red, pink, or white blossoms.
Herbalists around the world use oleander's active components, obtained mostly from the leaves. For example, in Curaqao, the sap is applied to warts, added to beverages, and used to treat pinworms, tapeworms, and other worm infections. In Venezuela, people boil the leaves and inhale the steam to treat sinus problems. Some people use oleander leaves as poultices for skin problems and to kill skin parasites or maggots in wounds.
Common doses of Oleander
Oleander comes as a tincture and leaf extract. Experts disagree on what dose to take. More importantly, the herb is poisonous and shouldn't be taken internally.
Uses of Oleander herb
Oleander has been used medicinally since Roman times, and was considered an important remedy in Arabic medicine. The leaves contain compounds that boost the force of the heartbeat while slowing its rate. Specifically, oleander may help to :-
Side effects of Oleander
Call your health care practitioner if you experience any of these possible side effects of oleander
All parts of the oleander plant are toxic. Adults and children have died after eating the flowers, leaves, and nectar and after using oleander twigs as skewers to roast foods. People also have died after using oleander rectally. Smoke from burning oleander wood and water in which the plant has soaked can be toxic.
Combining herbs with certain drugs may alter their action or produce unwanted side effects. Don't use oleander while taking digoxin.
What the research shows
According to medical experts, oleander is simply too poisonous to take for any purpose. What's more, no scientific studies support its use.
Other names for Oleander
Other names for oleander include adelfa, laurier rose, rosa francesa, rosa laurel, and rose bay.
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