Use to paralyze a situation.
Note: Highly poisonous, do not consume.
Hemlock is a very poisonous plant that has a long history of medicinal use, though it is very rarely used in modern herbalism.
It is a narcotic plant that sedates and relieves pain.
The plant contains coniine, an extremely toxic substance that can also cause congenital defects.
The whole plant is analgesic, antispasmodic, emetic, galactofuge and sedative.
It is a traditional folk treatment for cancer and was formerly widely used internally in very small doses to treat a variety of complaints including tumours, epilepsy, whooping cough, rabies and as an antidote to strychnine poisoning.
It is still used externally, usually in ointments and oils, in the treatment of mastitis, malignant tumours (especially breast cancer) anal fissure and haemorrhoids.
Use with extreme caution and only under the guidance of a qualified practitioner.
A homeopathic remedy is prepared from a tincture of the fresh plant, harvested when in flower. It is used for treating complaints such as dizziness, coughs, insomnia, exhaustion, arteriosclerosis and prostate problems.