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|DISCLAIMER: These pages are presented solely as a source of INFORMATION and ENTERTAINMENT and to provide stern warnings against use where appropriate. No claims are made for the efficacy of any herb nor for any historical herbal treatment. In no way can the information provided here take the place of the standard, legal, medical practice of any country. Additionally, some of these plants are extremely toxic and should be used only by licensed professionals who have the means to process them properly into appropriate pharmaceuticals. One final note: many plants were used for a wide range of illnesses in the past, but be aware that many of the historical uses have proven to be ineffective for the problems to which they were applied.|
|ALL PARTS OF THIS PLANT ARE POISON!|
ONLY THE COMMERCIALLY EXTRACTED OIL IS SAFE!|
Ricin is a slow acting poison, the first symptoms appearing about 10 hours after ingestion and beginning with vomiting, followed by diarrhea, blurred vision, cold sweat, burning sensation in the mouth, thirst, skin turning blue, disruption of normal heart rhythm, convulsion and death from respiratory failure and cardiac arrest!
AS LITTLE AS ONE SEED CAN BE FATAL TO A CHILD, TWO FOR AN ADULT!
An OVERDOSE OF THE OIL can irritate the stomach, cause nausea, vomiting, cramps and severe diarrhea - medical attention required if symptoms occur.
Handling of the foliage and seeds can cause skin irritations and allergic reactions.
In parts of Australia and other countries, Castor Bean is SUBJECT TO REGULATIONS as a noxious weed.