radium weed seeds

Radium weed seeds

The radium weed is an annual herb that grows up to a height of between 5 cm and 30 cm. It has been found that nearly all plants that are cultivated as weeds have a tendency to be inclined towards their smaller end. The stem of radium weed is hairless and smooth. The leaves of this herb are of oval-acute shape, measuring about 1 cm to 3 cm in length and have smooth margins. This species produces green hued flowers having three-rayed umbels. The glands of this herb are characteristic of the Euphorbiaceae and kidney-shaped having elongated slender horns.

Parts used

You can apply the milky sap of radium weed to sunspots for two to four days. To treat sunspots, you do not require plenty of this sap, as only one drop of it on the affected area is sufficient to treat the blemish. Initially, the sunspot will fester and become somewhat ugly looking. Subsequently, you will develop a scab and this will be followed by appearance of fresh pinkish skin. You can apply fresh aloe vera gel on the new skin with a view to facilitate the healing process.

Habitat and cultivation

Water the plants frequently and in a proper way, so that the excess water is drained out of the pot. Remember, radium weed is not a “bog plant”. On the other hand, plants of this species grow excellently in light to highly alkaline soils. Soils that are sandier are more suitable for the plants. Although radium weed plant does not require fertilizer for healthy growth, you can provide them with seaweed emulsions from time to time. This will keep the plants happier.

50 seeds from this lot produced 30ish plants in 2months, just in standard black and gold potting mix, with a little sand mixed in. (That’s quite a saving when single plants are generally $6-15 plus delivery!)
Sprinkle the seeds on loose soil in pots and water as normal.

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This awesome little plant is really gaining popularity in OZ these days after many years of traditional medicinal use, all around the world.

Some folk do say its hard to grow these guys, but I have never had any problems? Just sprinkle onto loose soil, water and wait.

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It can take a while to germinate, but it always comes up in the end.

“The plant has been used for centuries as a traditional folk medicine to treat conditions such as warts, asthma and several types of cancer.
But for the first time a team of scientists in Australia has carried out a clinical study of sap from Euphorbia peplus.
The study of 36 patients with a total of 48 non-melanoma lesions included basal cell carcinomas (BCC), squamous cell carcinomas (SCC) and intraepidermal carcinomas (IEC), a growth of cancerous cells confined to the outer layer of the skin. Patients had failed to respond to conventional treatment including surgery, or they refused or were unsuitable for surgery because of their age.
The patients were treated once a day for three consecutive days by an oncologist using a cotton bud to apply enough of the E.peplus sap to cover the surface of each lesion. The initial results were impressive, says findings to be released this week in the British Journal of Dermatology.
After only one month 41 of the 48 cancers had completely gone.Patients who had some of the lesions remaining were offered a second course of treatment.
After an average of 15 months following treatment, two thirds of the 48 skin cancer lesions were still showing a complete response.
Of the three types of skin cancer tested, the final outcome was a 75 per cent complete response for IEC lesions, 57 per cent for BCC and 50 per cent for SCC lesions.
Side-effects were low, with 43 per cent of patients in no pain as a result of the treatment and only 14 per cent reporting moderate pain, and only one patient encountered severe short-term pain.
In all cases of successful treatment the skin was left with a good cosmetic appearance. The researchers, from a number of medical institutions in Brisbane, attribute the benefit to the active ingredient ingenol mebutate which has been shown to destroy tumour cells.
Experts said further studies were needed and people should not try this at home as the weeds sap can be harmful to the eyes and should not be eaten.”

Works for me and the picture is pretty self explanatory I reckon….

Cancer Radium Weed Euphorbia Peplus Petty Spurge Seeds

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Sow just under the surface of a quality seed raising mix or directly into the garden. Keep moist until germination in 1-3 weeks. Full sun to part shade position. Up tp 20-30cm tall. Euphorbia peplus will self seed readily. Take care when handling broken stems.

Euphorbia peplus sap is toxic to rapidly replicating human tissue and has long been used as a traditional remedy for common skin lesions, including cancer, recalcitrant plantar warts, normal warts and sunspots. The active ingredient in the sap is a diterpene ester called ingenol mebutate. A commercailly available product is available from the Australian company Peplin Biotech.

20+ seeds per packet

Care and Cultivation of Euphorbia peplus

Typically a piece of the plant is plucked off and the white sap that is exuded is then carefully dabbed onto the area to be treated, left to dry for a few minutes and then covered with a bandaid or tape. The area will then get red, scab up and sometimes get itchy before the scab falls and new fresh skin is exposed. Sometimes repeated application is necessary.

Euphorbia peplus is a member of the Euporbiaceae family, also commonly known as petty spurge, radium weed, cancer weed or milkweed). Euphorbia peplus is native to most of Europe, northern Africa and western Asia, where it typically grows in cultivated arable land, gardens and other disturbed land.

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