Thimble, red

Latin name: Digitalis purpurea
Genus: Figwort family
Common names: Finger beeps, glove weed, forest bell, forest bell

deadly poisonous, protected

Plant description Foxglove

Plant description: Biennial, taproot, large and strong leaves. The flowers sit like grapes at the tip of a long stem, are calyx-like, purple in color, spotted on the inside.
Flowering time: June to September
Origin: Mountain forests in Western and Central Europe. Found relatively often in the Harz Mountains.

Plant parts used medicinally

The leaves, from cultures and with controlled content of active ingredients.


Cardiac glycosides, saponins, mucilages, flavone glycosides.

Medicinal effects and use of thimble

Of the Red thimble is one of the strongest Poisonous plants of our homeland. Self-treatment must be avoided!

digitalis is the classic heart remedy, used for disorders of the Cardiac function, it increases the Cardiac output, promotes the Blood circulation and eliminated pathological water stagnation by increased Urinary discharge.

Use in homeopathy

The homeopathic Digitalis purpurea is also an important heart remedy in homeopathy. Prepared from fresh leaves gathered before flowering. Also used at insomnia and depressions as well as when the prostate in connection with urination discomfort.
The most common exponentiations are D3 to D6. Digitalis is up to D3 prescription only! As a layperson, you shouldn't try your hand at homeopathic thimble preparations.

side effect

Thimble is highly poisonous!!! Poisoning shows through irregular pulse, nausea, Vomit, diarrhea, violent abdominal pain, Blue color of the lips, Shortness of breath.