Greater celandine or Chelidonium majus is a perennial herb and reaches 30 to 120 cm high. The leaves are pinnate with lobed and wavy-edged margins, 30 cm long. The flowers are yellow. The flowers appear from late spring to summer. The seeds are small and black, borne in a long capsule. Greater Celandine possesses a number of alkaloids belonging to the protopine group, namely Chelerythrine, Chelidonine, Sanguinarine, Berberine and Coptisine. A yellowish liquid will ooze from broken stems, containing several noxious substances. Some people apply Greater celandine directly to the skin for warts, rashes, eczema. The alkaloids the plant contains are veridical. Greater celandine has detoxifying qualities, is calming, soothing, anti-inflammatory and healing. Purity Herbs uses Greater Celandine in so many products, especially in the Problem Skin Care products as it helps repairing the problem skin and helps regenerate the tissue.
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