Actaea spicata (baneberry)

The Actaea spicata, known as the “Baneberry” has two species. They’re distinguished by the colour of the berries, the red being British and the white, American. This plant is considered to be a appetite stimulant by drinking Baneberry root tea and can treat stomach pains, colds and coughs. Actaea spicata contains protoanemonin, so even ingesting just a few berries can cause vomiting, bloody diarrhoea and headaches. In extremely severe cases, this type of poisoning may lead to the respiratory system to be paralysed as well as cardiac arrest.