Osyris alba

Osyris alba L.


  • Poet's Cassia
  • White Osyris
  • صندل ابيض
  • عنبان
  • `innaban
  • sandal abiadh
  • שִׁבְטָן לָבָן
  • shivtan lavan

Chamaephyte,  Parasite

  • Mediterranean maquis and forest

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Medicinal Complaints / Uses

Osyris alba L.

Activity / Interpretation Traditional

Parts Used

Ear, Nose, Throat (ENT)

Throat & tonsil inflammation

Anti-Infective, Demulcent

Decoct fruit in water, cool, filter & gargle with filtrate.


Abdominal pain, diarrhea & disinfect intestines

Anti-Infective, Anti-diarrheal, Carminative

Decoct root in water & drink x3 cups/day.

Aerial partsZ
Oral Health

Toothache & dental caries

Analgesic, Anti-caries

Decoct fruit in water, cool, filter & gargle as necessary.

Flower, SeedB

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Osyris alba contains a pyrrolizidine alkaloid, osyrisine, which can be toxic to the liver.