Plant Magazine of Botanical-online September 2017

Natural remedies

Boxwood toxicity

(Buxus sempervirens)

Is boxwood a toxic plant?

Yes, boxwood is a toxic plant. All plant parts are poisonous, especially the bark and leaves.

What are the boxwood components?

  • Steroidal Alkaloids: buxine, parabuxine, parabuxinina, cloprptobuxine, buixidine, buxenone, buxandrine, buxinamine, bebeerine, bebbuxine, buxalphine, buxamine, buxaminol, buxanine, buxatine, cyclovirobuxineD and derivatives.

  • Essential oil

  • Tannins

  • Flavonoids

Effects of boxwood

- Boxwood alkaloids are cardiotonic, sudorific, purgative, antirheumatic, antiseptic, anti-malarial and colagogogue.

- These alkaloids are toxic to animals. Poisoning have occurred in humans.

- Essential oils of the plant are probably toxic.

Intoxication with boxwood

Boxwood
Boxwood

- The first symptoms of poisoning that usually occur are: dizziness, vomiting, stomachache, and intestinal spasms.

- Depending on the dose, boxwood can produce nerve stimulation, digestive disorders, respiratory problems, even paralysis.

- Diarrhea and digestive disorders can be side effects in treatments with boxwood.

Precautions with boxwood

- Do not take internal treatments with boxwood. For all its applications, there are other no toxic natural remedies. See the list of natural remedies that we have in Botanical-online.

- Do not take boxwood if you are pregnant or lactating.

- Do not use in children under 15 years.

- It is recommended not to use this plant for internal use.

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