Stavesacre (Delphinium staphisagria) is a flowering plant. The seeds of the plant have sometimes been used as medicine, even though they may be toxic.

People have used an extract from stavesacre seed on the skin for various skin conditions and for nerve pain. But there is no good scientific evidence to support any use.
When taken by mouth: Stavesacre seed is likely unsafe. The seeds are poisonous and can cause side effects such as nausea, stomach pain, itching, urination difficulty, and trouble breathing.

When applied to the skin: There isn't enough reliable information to know if stavesacre is safe. It can cause swelling (inflammation) and skin redness.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: It's likely unsafe to take stavesacre by mouth. There isn't enough reliable information to know if stavesacre is safe to apply to the skin. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.

Stomach or intestinal problems: Stavesacre can irritate the lining of the stomach and intestines and can make stomach and intestinal conditions worse.


There is interest in using stavesacre for a number of purposes, but there isn't enough reliable information to say whether it might be helpful.
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Dosing & administration

Stavesacre seed can cause serious side effects when taken by mouth. When applied to the skin, there isn't enough reliable information to know what an appropriate dose of stavesacre might be. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult a healthcare professional before using.

Interactions with pharmaceuticals

It is not known if Stavesacre interacts with any medicines. Before taking Stavesacre, talk with your healthcare professional if you take any medications.

Interactions with herbs & supplements

There are no known interactions with herbs and supplements.

Interactions with foods

There are no known interactions with foods.
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