Ethno-botanical remedies (Spain)

Ethno-botanical remedies (Spain)
2011. Celandine or “wart plant”. Andiñuela de Somoza, Spain © AEEH

Ethno-botanical remedies (Spain)

The empirical use of medicinal plants like celandine (Chelidoniummajus) was widespread in the rural world in Spain. It was known empirically that it was efficient against warts, eczema and skin ulceration.

Medicine men and midwives in León used it by mixing the latex which the plant produces with the homemade soap which women still made, and by applying this mixture to the wart until it dried and fell off. In weaving villages, like Val de San Lorenzo, it was also used for dyeing or for fixing the dye in the wool.