Hogweed

Hogweed is used in salads but also has medicinal properties. It is a plant with digestive, diuretic, emmenagogues, hypotensive, stimulating, and tonic properties.

Scientific name: Heracleum sphondylium

Common names: hogweed, common hogweed, cow parsnip, devil’s herb, hogweed

Botanical classification: family of apiaceae ( Apiaceae )

Forms and preparations: mother tincture, decoctions, infusions

Did You Know?

The botanical name of the genus, Heracleum, is dedicated to the hero Hercules, by allusion to the robust port of hogweed.

What happens if you touch hogweed?

The light-sensitive skin reaction causes dark painful blisters that form within 48 hours, and result in scars that can last anywhere from a few months to six years. Touching giant hogweed can also cause long-term sunlight sensitivity, and blindness if sap gets into a person’s eye.

Is Giant Hogweed Dangerous?

The danger of giant hogweed stems from its sap, which is present on all parts of the plant. Toxic chemicals in it called furanocoumarins cause severe burns when exposed to UV light from the sun.

Is Hogweed poisonous to dogs?

Giant hogweed contains toxic sap which makes the skin so sensitive to sunlight.  The plant affects both animals and humans and is responsible for severe burns.