Herbs Guide

Balsam Weed

Family Name: Papaveraceae

Botanical Name(s): Chelidonium majus

Popular Name(s): Celandine, Chelidonium, Tetterwort, Jewel Weed, Quick-In-Hand, Slippers, Snap Weed, Pale Touch-Me-Not, Slipper Weed, Weathercock, Touch-Me-Not

Parts Used: Rootstock, herb

Habitat: Balsam weed is native to Europe and the Mediterranean basin. It is widely found in North America also.

Description: Balsam weed is a biennial or perennial plant which reaches a height up to 80 cm. The plant bears hollow stem that is round, smooth and swollen at the joints. Its leaves are alternate, deeply divided and are 30-cm in length. Its flowers are yellow in colour, comprise of four petals, each of them possessing a length of about 1 cm.

Uses: Balsam weed has anodyne, antispasmodic, diaphoretic and diuretic properties. It is used to cure digestive and ashtamatic problems. Externally, Balsam is used to treat skin diseases like herpes, eczema and ringworm.