Hellebore has a soothing effect on the nervous system, it also stimulates peristalsis of the intestines and improves heart function.
In folk medicine, hellebore is very often used to treat pleurisy, nervous system disorders, it soothes coughing, heals hemorrhoids. Furthermore, the plant has a diuretic effect.
It is more often applied topically - it is exceptionally effective against hair loss and dandruff. Besides fortifying hair, hellebore has the ability to stimulate hair growth.
Its rhizomes are used for treatments; the roots of the plant must be collected early in spring or late in fall. Then they must be left to dry in the shade.
Infusions of hellebore are made with 1/2 teaspoon of the herb - hellebore crushed in advance and 1 1/5 cups (300 ml) boiling water. Pour the water over the herb and let it soak for about half an hour, then filter through a gauze. You can drink 1 shot glass of the infusion 3 times per day. Drink it before meals.
For topical use, use vinegar as well as hellebore. The ratio between hellebore and vinegar must be 1:10. Boil the roots in the vinegar - thus prepared concoction can be used for treating dandruff, hair loss, stimulating hair growth.
Another option is to put 1 2/3 tbsp (25 g) of the herb in 2 cups (500 ml) of liquid - 1 cup (250 ml) water and the same amount of vinegar. Boil everything until only half the liquid remains. Then strain and use the remaining liquid to rub it into the roots of the hair. Wash the area after half an hour.
If you boil the roots in water only, you can use the mixture to cleanse festering wounds and eczema on the body - you will feel relief after just a few washes.
Hellebore is poisonous and dangerous to health, if not taken in the mentioned doses. If you have decided to use it for treatments, do not exceed the recommended doses of the herb, in order to avoid unwanted consequences and complications.
It is best to consult with a doctor regarding dosage of the herb before you begin drinking concoctions of it.