Listed below are dangerous herbs and herbal combination and explanations as to why they are dangerous. Do not try any of these herbs, orally, on the skin, or in any other way ever (or during pregnancy or nursing, if listed as such).
*Some of the herbs mentioned are safe in small doses are are written as such. Other herbs are toxic in small doses or any amount. This is not a complete list.
Belladonna- Nightshade, bittersweet nightshade is an extremely poisonous herb and is absolutely deadly. It is related to Henbane. Side effects can include dry mouth, enlarged pupils, blurred vision, red dry skin, fever, fast heartbeat, inability to urinate or sweat, hallucinations, spasms, mental problems, convulsions, and coma.
Blue Cohosh - Can cause miscarriages, especially during early pregnancy. This herbs in combination with other herbs has been used as an aborfacient. It works by loosening and relaxing the uterine muscles. This is why it is often suggested as a remedy for pms and menopause.
Black Cohosh -
Can cause miscarriages, especially during early pregnancy. This herbs in combination with other herbs has been used as an aborfacient. It works by loosening and relaxing the uterine muscles. This is why it is often suggested as a remedy for pms and menopause.
Chaparral - This herb can cause serious liver damage, liver failure, and acute hepatitis.
Comfrey - Comfrey can be taken in small doses for upset stomach and pms, but using a lot is dangerous. Comfrey contains pyrrolizidine alkaloids, a type of poison that causes liver and kidney failure as well as cancer. They can be absorbed through the skin as well.
The amount of PAs found in comfrey changes according to the time of harvesting and the age of the plant. The roots have 10 times higher amounts of PAs than the leaves.
Devil’s Claw -
Harpagophytum, means “hook plant” in Greek. Devil’s claw causes additive effects in many medications. It can cause changes in blood pressure as well.
Eucalyptus - Eucalyptus can not be consumed. Taking 3.5 mL of undiluted oil can be fatal. Even applying too much to the skin and absorbing large amounts is dangerous. (Use it very lightly, dilute it, or use a humidifier.) Signs of eucalyptus poisoning might include stomach pain and burning, dizziness, muscle weakness, small eye pupils, feelings of suffocation, and some others. Eucalyptus changes how many medicines break down in the liver.
Foxglove - Poisoning by this herb can cause stomach upset, small eye pupils, blurred vision, strong slow pulse, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, excessive urination, fatigue, muscle weakness and tremors, stupor, confusion, convulsions, abnormal heartbeats, and death. Long-term use of foxglove can lead to symptoms of toxicity, including visual halos, yellow-green vision, and stomach upset.
Golden Seal - This herb is a uterotonic; brain damage (kernicterus) has developed in newborn infants exposed to goldenseal. Do not use goldenseal during pregnancy or breast-feeding.
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Henbane - Side effects include dry mouth, red skin, constipation, overheating, reduced sweating, vision disturbances, increased heart rate, urination problems, drowsiness, restlessness, hallucinations, delirium, manic episodes, and death. Henbane is poisonous and not safe for self-medication.
Kava - In the South Pacific, kava is a popular social drink, similar to alcohol in Western societies. It is used by some to treat anxiety, restlessness, and insomnia, but like many medicines used to treat these types of issues, Kava runs the risk of being too much of a ‘downer - oversedation.’ It can make you unable to operate machinery, fatigued, and worsen depression. Large doses can also effect the liver and cause yellowing of the eyes. Also, some of the dangerous chemicals in kava can pass into breast milk and might hurt a breast-fed infant. Avoid this herb if you have Parkinson’s disease or if you will undergo or have recently undergone anaesthesia as it effects the central nervous system.
Alcohol, sedatives, and benzodiazepines interact with downers.
Licorice Root - This tasty herb, when taken in high doses, may cause tiredness, absence of a menstrual period in women, headache, water and sodium retention, and decreased sexual interest and function in men. It may also cause early delivery in pregnant women and miscarriage in early pregnancy. This root has also been seen effecting hormone levels in the body and interacts with oestrogen. It also seems to rid the body or potassium. It can also cause heart failure.
Mistletoe (European) - Can cause chills vomiting, diarrhea, cramping, and other side effects. Short-term, frequent use of European mistletoe might cause liver damage. Lowers blood pressure.
Mugwort - This herb is dangerous in large quantities. Thujone, a ketone and a monoterpene that occurs naturally in two diastereomeric forms:-α-thujone and-β-thujone is present in wormwood Thujones cause a slight high and a feeling of relaxation, which is why it is enjoyed by smokers and drinkers (as a tincture or bitters), can also cause breakdown of muscle, nightmares, seizures, dizziness, confusion, numbness of arms and legs, paralysis, and death. The chemical is also said to be responsible for absinthe’s hallucinogenic effects.
Mugwort might cause a miscarriage because it can start menstruation and also cause the uterus to contract.
Pennyroyal - Pennyroyal has been used as an antificant and can also kill pregnant mothers. Do not use this herb as a method for miscarriage. It can cause irreversible damage to the liver and kidneys, nervous system, brain, and cam cause dizziness, confusion, seizures, and death.
Peony - Peony can cause uterine contractions and is unsafe to use during pregnancy. It also slows blood clotting.
St. John’s Wort - This herb interacts with SSRIs and other types of medications for the treatment of depression. In bipolar, bipolar depression, mania, manic depression, and other related disorders, St. John’s wort can trigger a major upswing or manic episode in patients. This herb also interacts with birth control.
Wormwood - Wormwood one of the main ingredients in the alcoholic beverage, Absinthe. The latin Absinthium comes from the ancient greek word apsínthion, which some claim translates to “Undrinkable”, referencing the herb’s extreme bitter flavor. It is closely related to mugwort, which is toxic in large doses, but wormwood is even more so. The herbs also contained thujones. See Mugwort.
Valerian - This herb, especially the root, can cause oversedation.
Alcohol, sedatives, and benzodiazepines interact with downers.
Valerian can cause some side effects such as headache, excitability, uneasiness, and even insomnia in some people. A few people feel sluggish in the morning after taking valerian, especially at higher doses. It’s best not to drive or operate dangerous machinery after taking valerian.
Wintergreen - This type of mint can be dangerous in high doses. Taking wintergreen oil or large amounts of wintergreen leaf can cause ringing in the ears, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, headache, stomach pain, and confusion.
You sighed and tossed the phone onto your passenger seat. Your plan was simple: go to the dorm, talk to him, don’t cry, and leave. There would be no argument, and there would be no tears. It was a simple visit to wish him a happy birthday. Fuck you, Jung Hoseok, for making this seem like a good idea.
The travel to the house was a short one, shorter than you would care to admit. You considered going back home and pretending you didn’t know who a Min Yoongi was. But you couldn’t.
You parked the car and stepped up to the door. You were sure the six other boys inside were being obnoxious, running everywhere and trying to fit everything into last minute work. A surprise party would have never worked.
You knocked, Hoseok immediately opening the door. He gave you a look, one only you two knew the meaning behind.
You entered their home, bombarded by the rest of the boys. They hugged you, greeted you, welcomed you as though you weren’t a common person to be there.
“Is he still in his studio?” you asked as soon as Jimin had let go of the hug.
“He hasn’t been out of the room.” Namjoon said. “I tried, but he is very stubborn.”
You nodded wordlessly. The only one who truly knew what was going on was Hoseok, and it was clearly making the group both worried and confused.
You left them to finish whatever they were doing and walked agonizingly slow to Yoongi’s studio door. You used to just walk in carelessly and make yourself comfortable as he worked, admiring his concentrated glares. Now, you rung the doorbell.
At first, there was no response. When you clicked on the doorbell again, you heard a muffled “go away!” from the other side.
You rung the bell once more, probably agitating him beyond belief as he thought it was one of the boys trying to force him to celebrate his birthday.
The door swung open, nearly causing you to jump in surprise, as Yoongi’s voice said “for the last time, Kim fucking Taehyung, I am not…”
He shut up. The moment that his eyes landed on you, his voice got stuck in his throat. You looked the same as always, but to him you looked brighter. As though a halo of yellow light shone from around your body. He didn’t know what to say. His heart sank, beating rapidly against his chest.
You stared up at him. Before you could say anything, his arms pulled you into an embrace you weren’t expecting. His arms wrapped around your head and back, his head resting on your shoulder. You couldn’t even hug him back, your arms trapped by his.
“Yoon…” you started, but you were quickly stopped.
“Babe, I am so sorry,” he said into your neck, your hair moving under his breath. “I’m so sorry. Oh god, I’m such an idiot. I’m sorry. I…”
“Yoongi,” you moved back so you could connect your eyes to his. He stared back, eyes brimmed with tears. He looked awful, like he does after he spends days working. “You have to promise me something.”
He didn’t say anything, just watched you. He was scared, you could see it in his eyes. You didn’t know if he was scared of what you’re going to say, or what the promise would be, or if you would reject him.
“You have to promise me that you will trust me, and that…”
You couldn’t finish your sentence before he cut you off again.
“I promise, I swear I promise.” he said, his hands tightening around your waist.
“And,” you continued, trying not to smile. “you have to promise me that you will never accuse me of cheating on you ever again. Because I would never. Ever.”
He nodded frantically, agreeing to your promises. He smiled a gummy smile at you, you returning it with your own, before he pulled you back into a hug.
“I feel like an absolute idiot, and I…”
“Hey, baby,” you stopped him this time.
He leaned back just as you reached up to place a kiss on his lips. It was a small one, barely a second, but it held all of your future promises in it.
You jerked away suddenly, peeling your cheek off of your textbook slowly and painfully. You uncurled your fingers from around the pencil you were still holding, a deep imprint in your palm from its impact. You lifted your fingers to your cheek to feel the crease left there from the binding of the textbook.