Historically, American holly fruit tea was used as a heart stimulant by American Indians. Yaupon, another type of holly, was used to cause vomiting, and Yaupon tea was used as a ceremonial "cleanser" in South America.
Holly is also used for cough, fever, digestive disorders, heart disease, and other conditions. But there is no good scientific research to support any use.
How does it work ?
Uses & Effectiveness
Insufficient Evidence for
- Digestive disorders.
- Dizziness (vertigo).
- Heart disease.
- Heart failure and fluid build up in the body (congestive heart failure or CHF).
- High blood pressure.
- Rheumatoid arthritis (RA).
- Yellowing of the skin (jaundice).
- Other conditions.
There isn't enough reliable information available to know if holly LEAVES are safe to eat. The leaves can cause side effects such as diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and stomach and intestinal problems. Swallowing holly leaf spines may tear or puncture the inside of the mouth and other parts of the digestive tract.
Special Precautions and Warnings
There isn't enough reliable information available to know if holly LEAVES are safe to eat. The leaves can cause side effects such as diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and stomach and intestinal problems. Swallowing holly leaf spines may tear or puncture the inside of the mouth and other parts of the digestive tract. Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Holly berries are UNSAFE to eat while pregnant or breast-feeding. They can kill you. There isn't enough reliable information to know if holly leaves are safe to use when pregnant or breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.
Children: Holly berries are UNSAFE. Eating holly berries can kill a child. Be sure to keep holly away from children.
Dehydration: In addition to being poisonous, holly berries can make dehydration worse because they cause vomiting and diarrhea.
Incorrect levels of chloride, calcium, magnesium, sodium, or potassium (electrolyte imbalance) in the body: In addition to being poisonous, holly berries can make an electrolyte imbalance worse because they cause vomiting and diarrhea.
We currently have no information for HOLLY overview.
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