According to Wikipedia, Nerium oleander is an evergreen shrub or small tree in the dogbane family Apocynaceae, toxic in all its parts. It is the only species currently classified in the genus Nerium. It is most commonly known as oleander, from its superficial resemblance to the unrelated Olea. Although it produces a beautiful and fragrant flower, oleander is one of the most poisonous of commonly grown garden plants.
Theophrastus in his Enquiries into Plants described what modern editors render oleander as a plant having a leaf like that of the almond, but smaller, and the flower is red like a rose. The plant itself loves hilly country and forms as a large bush; the root is large and red, and, if this is dried, it gives off a fragrance like wine.
Commonly used in landscaping freeway medians in California, Texas and other mild-winter states, oleander is upright in habit and easily maintained. Oleander is tolerant of poor soils and drought. White and a variety of pinks are the most common of colors among the Oleander plant.
Nerium oleander has historically been considered a poisonous plant based on a number of its compounds that may exhibit toxicity, especially to animals, when consumed in high amounts. Among these compounds are oleandrin and oleandrigenin, known as "cardiac glycosides" which are known to have a narrow therapeutic index and can be toxic when ingested. In contrast to consumption of these undefined oleander derived materials, there is no toxicity or deaths reported from topical administration or contact with Nerium oleander or specific products derived from them. Though toxic as nerium oleander may be, it is interesting to note that pre-clinical studies, including oral dosing of oleandrin, were conducted in preparation for an investigational drug submission to the U. S. Food and Drug Administration to allow for administration of the oleander extract to patients with cancer.
There does not appear to be any toxicity associated with exposure of a Nerium oleander extract to the skin. Human studies suggest that dermal application of Nerium oleander extract is safe. Used traditionally as a folk remedy for a wide variety of maladies and conditions, including dermatitis, abscesses, eczema, psoriasis, sores, warts, corns, ringworm, scabies, herpes, skin cancer, asthma, dysmenorrheal, epilepsy, malaria, abortifacients, emetics, heart tonics, and tumors, Nerium oleander has also been used extensively for medicinal purposes in Mediterranean and Central and Southern Asian countries. Other topical uses of Nerium oleander include treatment of dermatitis, hair loss, superficial tumors and syphilis. Treatment of gingivitis and as a nose drop for children are also among the many uses of the oleander leaf.
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