Celandine (Chelidonium majus) is native to Europe and subarctic areas of Asia. It belongs to the Poppies family, Papaveraceae. The plant has a thick mass of stamens at the center of its blossoms. Celandine was used as a Middle Ages drug and is cited by Pliny, to whom we owe the custom of calling Celandine “Chelidonium” from the Greek “chelidon” (a swallow), because it blooms when the swallows arrive and wilts when they leave. Celandine juice has been utilized successfully in ridding films from eye cornea. Medicinally, it is used in Russia where it is proven to be effective in cancer cases. The herb is still being used today as a remedy for toothache. The plant has long been considered in ancient medicine to have disease-fighting properties. It’s been utilized to reduce muscle spasms, help gallbladder problems, asthma, and liver disease. The plant is also used for treatment of polyps, swelling, lumps, gout, cramps, and many other conditions.
Celandine is marketed for use to prevent gallstones, as a mild sedative, and to treat digestive and intestinal problems, eye irritation, and liver disease. Practitioners have applied it on the skin to treat warts, ringworm, and corns. Advocates have also used it together with antiviral agents to treat herpes, Epstein-Barr virus, and HIV.
To make homemade Celandine Tea, pour 1 pint of boiling water to 1 ounce dried leaf. Steep leaf for about 10 to 20 minutes. Strain to remove the leaves. Pour leftover tea in glass jar with a lid and store in the refrigerator. Tea tastes better the following day.