hist-brewing: Re: hist-brewing digest, Vol 1 #83 - 3 msgs

Cindy M. Renfrow cindy at thousandeggs.com
Fri May 31 06:14:56 PDT 2002


>    Anybody have anymore info on viper's bugloss, bay laurel berries, or
>"hars"??

Echium vulgare L.,  Vipers Bugloss.  The "AMA Handbook of Poisonous and
Injurious Plants"  has this listing:  "The whole plant is poisonous. Toxin:
Pyrrolizidine alkaloids.  Symptoms:  Toxicity is associated with use of the
plant in herbal teas for folk medicine.  The chronic consumption of these
teas may cause veno-occlusive disease of the liver (Budd-Chiari syndrome)
with hepatic vein thrombosis leading to cirrhosis.  The symptoms are
abdominal pain with ascites [accumulation of fluid in the peritoneum],
hepatomegaly and splenomegaly [enlargement of the liver & spleen], anorexia
with nausea, vomiting and diarrheaŠ"

Laurus nobilis L., Sweet Bay, Bay Laurel. The berries and, more commonly,
the leaves are used for seasoning.

HTH,


Cindy Renfrow
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