Temple Illuminatus

https://i.pinimg.com/564x/fd/59/07/fd5907c8cb4713bcf8d31d1b9a3ca7e5.jpg" alt="Hepatica (Anemone hepatica)" width="399" height="599" class="CToWUd a6T" tabindex="0" />


Hepatica – Health Benefits and Side Effects

Botanical NameAnemone hepatica, Hepatica nobilis.


Other Common Names: Kidneywort, liverwort, liverleaf, liverflower, American liverwort, roundlobe hepatica, Leberblümchen (German), hepática (Spanish), skógarblámi (Icelandic), hépatique à trois lobes (French), blåsippa (Swedish).

Habitat: The plant is found mainly in Europe. Other species of hepatica can be found in East Asia and North America.

Description: Hepatica is a perennial plant of the Ranunculaceae ( or crowfoot family). The green leaves have three thick and hairless lobes.

The leaves stay green through winter. The plant blooms in winter or early spring and the flowers can be blue, purple or white.

The leaves and flowers grow directly from the rhizome. The plant has become a popular garden plant and it is easy to grow.

Plant Parts Used: It is primarily the leaves that have been used in herbal medicine.

The leaves are collected from late spring to mid-summer and dried for later use in liquid extracts and tinctures.


Therapeutic Uses, Benefits and Claims for Hepatica

The main ingredients found in hepatica are mucous substances, tannins and sugars, flavonoids, anthocyanins and saponin glycosides.

Hepatica scientific name, Hepatica nobilis, means “noble liverplant” and refers to the primary medical use of the plant in the past.

The herb was widely used in folk medicine, particularly for the treatment of diseases of the liver and gallbladder.

The early immigrants to North America valued the herb as a remedy for hepatitis and found that the natives used a closely related species, sharp-lobed hepatica (H. acutiloba), similarly.

In earlier times it was a widespread practice to eat the first emerging flowers in the spring as it was said they would protect against viper bites and a number of diseases in the coming year.

The plant has been used for its astringent, diuretic and antibiotic properties. Extracts or decoctions made from the leaves have been used in herbal medicine for the treatment of liver ailments, gallbladder ailments and digestive disorders, and to treat coughingand bronchitis.


The herb can be used as a gargle for inflammation of the gums and chronic irritation of the neck and throat.

Tannins found in the leaves have astringent effects making the herb useful for internal bleeding, and because of the plant diuretic effect, it has also been used as an herbal remedy for kidney and bladder diseases.

The herb was once used externally to treat slow healing wounds, minor injuries, ringworm, sunburn and to get rid of freckles.

In homeopathy, it is still used in diluted alcohol extract against bronchitis.

It is very rarely used in today’s herbal medicines.

Therapeutic Dosages

Hepatica is not one of those herbs suited for the home herbalist and self-medication.

Potential Side Effects of Hepatica

Hepatica is slightly toxic, and ingestion of large amounts of
the herb can be dangerous.

Like other species in the buttercup family, it contains the toxic substance protoanemonin but in lesser quantity than, for example, wood anemone (Anemone nemoralis).

The herb has a slightly burning taste, and can cause mucosal irritation, vomiting and stomach ache. A trained herbalist or other health care provider should be consulted prior to the use of this herb as an herbal medicine.

Supporting References

Brown, Deni: The Royal Horticultural Society New Encyclopedia of Herbs & Their Uses. London, England. Dorling Kindersley 2002.
Príhoda, Antonín, Ladislav Urban & Vera Nicová: The Healing Powers of Nature. Leicester, England. Blitz Editions 1998.
Volák, Jan & Jiri Stodola: The Illustrated Book of Herbs. London, England. Caxton Editions 1998.
Stuart, Malcolm: The Encyclopedia of Herbs and Herbalism. London, England. Orbis Publishing 1979.
Williamson, Elisabeth M.: Potter’s Herbal Cyclopaedia. Essex, England. Saffron Walden 2003.




Views: 34


You need to be an initiate of Temple Illuminatus to add comments!

Join Temple Illuminatus

Comment by Elspeth on July 4, 2018 at 3:15pm

We have loads of these lovely , little things growing in the grass, flower beds and in cracks in footpaths. The most common name here is Wild Violet. My family tend to leave them alone as they really are quite beautiful and harmless. They aren't invasive either which is unusual with a wild flower that takes so easily.

Thanks for this! Great information.

Have questions?

Need help? Visit our Support Group for help from our friendly Admins and members!

Have you?

Become a Member
Invited Your Friends
Made new Friends
Read/ Written a Blog
Joined/ Created a Group
Read/ Posted a Discussion
Checked out the Chat
Looked at/Posted Videos
Made a donation this month
Followed us on Twitter
Followed us on Facebook


Please consider a donation to help with our continued growth and site costs


Visit The Temple
on Facebook:


Blog Posts

The Fall of Babylon (The New Atlantis)

Posted by Quingu on September 20, 2018 at 5:03pm 0 Comments


Posted by Quingu on September 20, 2018 at 4:00pm 0 Comments

The Chaos Dragon

Posted by Quingu on September 19, 2018 at 1:51pm 0 Comments

The Monarch Butterfly (Mind Control)

Posted by Quingu on September 14, 2018 at 6:00am 0 Comments

Fool's Gold (The Soul)

Posted by Quingu on September 14, 2018 at 6:00am 0 Comments

The Draconian Path

Posted by Quingu on September 14, 2018 at 5:56am 0 Comments

The Great Sacrifice

Posted by Quingu on September 14, 2018 at 5:54am 0 Comments

The Imdugud (Half Eagle/Half Lion)

Posted by Quingu on September 14, 2018 at 5:52am 0 Comments

The Paa Taal & The Draconians

Posted by Quingu on September 14, 2018 at 5:49am 0 Comments

Orion Hive Mind Intelligence

Posted by Quingu on September 14, 2018 at 5:30am 0 Comments

The Angel Samael

Posted by Quingu on September 14, 2018 at 5:30am 0 Comments


Posted by Rosey on September 13, 2018 at 9:09pm 0 Comments

Mabon Ritual To Honor the Dark Mother

Posted by Helela on September 4, 2018 at 10:00pm 4 Comments

Womb of life

Posted by Lilly on September 3, 2018 at 2:20pm 2 Comments

time and purpose

Posted by Iblis Lucifer Sauron on September 2, 2018 at 10:00pm 1 Comment

~~this months awareness~~

© 2018   Created by Bryan   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service