Daffodil Herb – Uses And Side Effects


What is Daffodil ?

Traditionally, preparations made from boiled daffodil bulbs were used to induce vomiting. Today, some people use daffodil in the form of powdered flowers or extract from Narcissus pseudonarcissus, In the Narcissus family (Amaryllidaceae). These plants are common in Europe and the United States.

Common doses of daffodil

Daffodil comes as powdered flowers and extract. Some experts recommend the following dose:

  • To induce vomiting, 20 grains to 2 drams of powdered flowers or 2 to 3 grains of extract taken orally.

Why people use daffodil herb

  • Burns
  • Joint pain
  • Muscle strain
  • Respiratory congestion
  • To induce vomiting
  • wounds

Side effects of daffodil

Call your health care practitioner if you experience any of these possible side effects of daffodil:

  • excessive salivation
  • nausea
  • skin irritation
  • unusually small pupils
  • vomiting.

Daffodil also can cause:

  • collapse of the respiratory system, heart, and blood vessels
  • death (by paralyzing the central nervous system).


Combining herbs with certain drugs may alter their action or produce unwanted side effects. Tell your health care practitioner about any prescription or nonprescription drugs you’re taking.

Important points to remember

  • Avoid this herb if you’re pregnant or breast-feeding.
  • Don’t consume any part of the daffodil plant. The flowers and bulbs are poisonous, and ingesting even small quantities can lead to rapid death. Accidental poisoning by daffodil bulbs has been reported in the United States, Britain, Switzerland, Germany, Finland, Sweden, and the Netherlands.
  • Keep plant parts out of reach of children and pets.

What the research shows

In studies, a substance derived from daffodil inhibited HIV and cytomegalovirus infections. This leads scientists to believe the herb has potential for biochemical research and may contribute to the development of new laboratory tests for these viruses.

However, little evidence supports medicinal uses of daffodil. Therapeutic claims aren’t based on controlled studies in people. What’s more, daffodil plants are toxic and must not be taken internally.

Other names for daffodil : –

Other names for daffodil include daffydown-dilly, fleur de coucou, Lent lily, Narcissus, and porillon.

No known products containing daffodil are available commercially.

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