94/365 Helle-bored… by NikkiNakkiNoo365 on Flickr.
Hellebore or commonly known as hellebores is part of the Helleborus genus. In medicine there were two kinds of hellebore used – black hellebore and white hellebore. White Hellebore is highly toxic as it contains veratrine and teratogens cyclopamine and jervine, it is also believed to be the hellebore used by Hippocrates as a purgative.
The ancients in paralysis, gout and in insanity used Black Hellebore but it is toxic and can cause tinnitus, vertigo, stupor, thirst, a feeling of suffocation, swelling of the tongue and throat. Vomiting as well as a slower heart rate, which can result in collapse and death from cardiac arrest.
Billy Stinson comforts his daughter, Erin Stinson, as they sit on the steps where their cottage once stood in Nags Head, North Carolina, after it was destroyed by Hurricane Irene on August 28, 2011. Built in 1903, the cottage was listed in the National Register of Historic Places. “We were pretending, just for a moment, that the cottage was still behind us and we were just sitting there watching the sunset,” said Erin afterward.