Latin name

Veratrum album

Common names

Emilia, germander, lice herb, white hellebore

Plant description

The hellebore plant can up to 1 m high become. You can recognize them by their short, thick, branched roots. The leaves are large, wide, elongated. Small, greenish white flowers sit in clusters on panicles on the upper part of the stem of the hellebore.

Flowering period: July to August

Occurrence: Mountains, in the Alps up to 2000 m altitude on moist meadows.

Plant parts used medicinally

To obtain the medically effective parts of the hellebore, only the root used.


Alkaloids, very poisonus!

Medicinal effect and application

In folk medicine, the hellebore was often used, especially in the mountains, perhaps still today. Applied to, for example

  • depressions
  • rheumatism
  • Sciatica

However, only dosed in very small quantities. It is not advisable to use it, as the hellebore is already ingested in very small amounts Cause poisoning can and in larger amounts are fatal works.

Use in homeopathy

Veratrum album (extracted from the hellebore) is a well-known remedy in homeopathy and prescription up to D3! Veratrum album is prescribed for people who are inclined to do so

  • Circulatory collapse in connection with infectious diseases
  • Vomiting diarrhea
  • cholera
  • Heart failure with palpitations
  • Shortness of breath
  • cold sweat / cold skin

Patients who need Veratrum album experience coldness all over their bodies. Improvement of the complaints through warmth, hot pads and lying at rest. The most common exponentiation is at D4, D6 and D12

Side effects

The plant is very poisonus and should not used by laypeople become.