Belladonna Root (Atropa Belladonna)
The Belladonna, also known as the devil’s cherries, is a potent poison that acts quickly on the involuntary muscles, resulting in paralysis of the central nervous system followed by powerful hallucinations and delirium, and possibly death.
The use of the Belladona Root is recorded throughout history as a poison, medicine, and cosmetic. In ancient times, arrows were dipped in the juice of the root as the poison acted quickly and effectively.
The Belladonna Root contains “atropine” which is able to dilate the pupil. Since it is very poisonous when taken internally, the amount added to the eye is minuscule, i.e. about 1/200 or 1/100 grain. Women used to use atropine as a cosmetic because it instantly dilates the pupil making a woman look more attractive sexually.
As a herbal medicine, it is used in homeopathy to treat motion sickness, and peptic ulcers, as well as a muscle relaxer, pain reliever, and menstrual dysfunction.
It has immensely beneficial effects on sciatica, rheumatism, and gout. It is also used to treat spasmodic asthma and intestinal colic. It improves blood circulation, regulates heartbeat, and is administered in cased of collapsed pneumonia. The Belladonna root is also effective in relieving congestion and local inflammation.
🡆This herbal remedy should only be applied externally! Do not consume internally. For further instructions, you should consult with a medical doctor or holistic health practitioner.
◉ Herbal teas should be stored in airtight glass containers -in a cool, dark, and dry area- to preserve their flavor and properties.