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



– 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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