Horse Chestnuts (Aesculus hippocastanum) 1oz

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Horse chestnut is a medium-sized tree in the soapberry family that is native to the Balkans and later introduced to Europe in the mid-16th century. Because English children utilized horse chestnuts in a game called conkers, the tree is sometimes called the conker tree . Like its close relative, the Ohio buckeye, horse chestnut produces nuts that are toxic to some animals, especially horses. Similarly, even though the bark and fruit are traditionally used to make infusions and tonics, modern use of this herb is generally limited to topical applications.

Horse chestnut is so-called because of the erroneous belief that eating the nuts relieved chest congestion in horses. In truth, however, horse chestnuts contain a compound called esculin that is toxic to horses, although deer and other animals appear to be able to neutralize this substance and eat the nuts without consequence.

Due to safety concerns, horse chestnuts are generally used to make infusions, balms and ointments for topical use only.

1oz dried Horse Chestnuts pieces