In spite of being one of the most poisonous plants ever used for medicinal purposes, Greater Celandine has also been recognised for its even greater health benefits. Indeed, it is not at all a panacea for all known ailments, but it has long been found to effectively treat all skin problems whether acne, warts or something more serious and damaging as eczema or psoriasis. The earliest records are dated to the III century BC when Greater Celandine (G.C) is referred to as a "gift of Heaven" (Latin Chelidonium).
Since the identification of the role played by each of the 20 alkaloids found in this plant, many found their way into and are used today in homeopathy and modern medicine. For example, homochelidonine is said to have a very strong anaesthetic effect, the discovery of which had an influence on the modern day anaesthetics. An infusion of G. C., in some countries, is commonly used as a replacement for antiseptic purposes on wounds and cuts particularly when it comes to children because it does not sting when applied.
For the safest and very effective local use of G.C., a mix of herbs is infused to make a bath. The recipe consists of the dried leaves and roots of G. C., Bidens tripartita (also known as beggarticks or bur marigold), St. John's wort, sage, camomile, and common valerian all in equal proportions. For a single bath taking, 2 glasses of the mixed herbs are infused in 4 liters of boiling water for 40 minutes before straining. Make sure to stay in the bath for not more than 20 minutes though, and not more often than 1-2 times a week.
However, if you are not a bath person, you may want to consider the following decoction for applying topically onto the affected skin areas 3-4 times a day for 2 week recommended treatment course: 2 tablespoons of G. C., dried leaves place in 1 glass of boiling water, and place the mixture on a water bath for 15 minutes. Following the 45 minute cooling pause, strain the obtained liquid into a glass container and close the lid tightly. Keep in mind that it can be stored in the fridge for no more than 2 days before either going bad or simply starting to lose some of its healing properties.
As it is believed by many phytotherapy specialists, while modern day medicines are directed mostly to treating the symptoms, the herbs have the power to treat the cause of an ailment. To the greater extent this is probably true, but in any case for more serious skin conditions that have their causes stemming from the inside, it is recommended that the following drink involving G. C., is also taken internally. Mix the following ingredients: 1 tablespoon of G.C., dried leaves, 2 tablespoons of stinging nettle, 1 tablespoon of bur marigold leaves, and 1 tablespoon of ground valerian root. To make about 2 glasses of the decoction you will need to pour 2, 5 glasses of boiling water over 2 tablespoons of the herb mixture and simmer for 30 minutes on a water bath at a low temperature. And the last detail to complete the preparation, cool for 20 minutes at room temperature and strain the liquid. The dosage per taking needs to be no more than 1/2 glass twice a day about half an hour before food.
To conclude this little insight into the benefits of Greater Celandine for skin conditions, I would like to stress the recommendations given by phytotherapy specialists: do make sure to stick to the dosage to avoid intoxication.