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Euphorbia peplus


Euphorbia peplus

(Petty spurge)


Botanical info: 

Petty spurge is an annual plant growing to 5–30 cm tall, with smooth hairless stems and bright green foliage. It grows mainly in anthropogenic (man-made) or disturbed habitats, meadows, and fields. It is native to the Mediterranean basin expanding north to Scandinavia. Flowering  from February through August. 


Hippocratic legacy: 

    a. In Epidemics:

        a. Petty spurge is described as expectorant and diuretic. 

    b. In Superfetation: 

        a. As a softener for the uterus orifice.  


Other uses: 

The plant's sap is toxic to rapidly replicating human tissue and has long been used as a traditional remedy for common skin lesions. The active ingredient in the sap is a diterpene ester called ingenol mebutate. A pharmaceutical-grade ingenol mebutate gel has approval from the US Food and Drug Administration for treatment of actinic keratosis.


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