Sanicle (Sanicle europaea) is found throughout Europe, Asia, and Africa. It is a member of the Apiaceae/Umbelliferae family. The plant averages a foot in height and produces round fruit covered in barbed thorns. It has a slightly salty, bitter taste. The above ground parts can be used medicinally. Sanicle contains triterpene saponins, caffeine derivatives, and flavonoids such as rutin, isoquercetin, astragalin. Sanicle loosens phlegm, making it easier to cough up. It also has a mildly astringent effect, tightening and drying the tissues. Sancile is a homeopathic remedy for respiratory tract mucous membrane inflammation, cough, and broncitis.

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Cautions Large amounts of sanicle may cause upset stomach, nausea, and vomiting due to saponin content.