BELLADONNA (Atropa belladonna)


Also known as : Belladonna. Deadly nightshade. Devil's Cherries. Black Cherry. Devil's Herb. Dwayberry. Belladona (spanish)

Family : Solanaceae.

Genus : Atropa.

Plant part used : Whole plant.

Magical Belladonna

     Belladonna is a perennial, annual plant; family Solanaceae. Your name "Belladonna", meaning "beautiful woman", because formerly the Italian ladies used the infusion of the leaves to whiten the skin, and fruit juice, to beautify their eyes. Its root thick, cylindrical, fleshy, gray on the surface; It is very poisonous. Strain, plump and short, pluck several stems 60-100 cm high. The cylindrical stem, covered with short, fine and very dense hairs, shows divisions with many branches; mainly at the upper end. The leaves are also very poisonous; are hairless, alternate, lanceolate wide, large, oval, acute and whole. They give off an unpleasant odor when they are rubbed, and it tastes bitter. The flowers are solitary, bell; about 25 mm long by about 14 millimeters wide, with very marked nerves and purplish-brown on the outside and inside dirty yellow. The equally poisonous fruit is a black berry, the size of a cherry, purple juice. Its flavor is slightly sweet, almost tasteless. This feature has caused the death of many people (10-15 fruits are deadly to humans). This plant loses its aerial part during the cold season and sprouts to reach the warmer months.


Belladonna grows in shady places, on walls, on rubble, on roadsides, and broadleaf forests. Habita clear nitrified rainforests, open by falling trees or landslides. It is in beech and oak. Colonizes calcareous soils and old soils, where we proceeded to cut trees and remove dirt.


Flowering time: From May. Flowering May, lasts well into the summer.


• The collection of leaves and roots is done in late summer, for its high concentration of alkaloids. From 2-5 year plants that are dried later in shady, dry, well-ventilated areas. The leaves are hanging in bunches, joined by the petioles.


• Hyoscyamine, atropine, apotropina, metilpirrolina, scopolamine by 99%. Beladonina also has isomers.


• Analgesic, anticholinergic, spasmolytic, anti-asthmatic, antiperspirant.


» In above indicated by a therapist amounts may suffer symptoms such as dizziness, lightheadedness, nausea, constipation, dilated pupils, dry mouth, delusions, hallucinations, and often death.

» A peculiar symptom of poisoning Belladonna is the complete loss of voice, combined with continuous and uncontrolled movements of the hands.

» Contraindicated in people with hypertension or glaucoma.

» Prohibited for pregnant women and children.

» Accidental poisoning, it is recommended to take as soon as possible any substance that causes vomiting .; As a large glass of warm water vinegar or mustard. Immediately go to the nearest hospital.



• Medical use as a painkiller.

• Enuresis or urinary incontinence.

• In Dropsy problems and fluid retention.

• Helps fight peptic ulcers.

• Stomach acidity.

• Reduce urinary colic pains and gallbladder.

• It has analgesic, if applied externally.

• Calma spasmodic cough and asthma. The Indians aspired smoke Belladonna and treatment of respiratory disorders. And the observation of this practice by the British in the nineteenth century led to the introduction of this plant for the treatment of asthma.

• Nervous system disorders.

• Mild doses reduce salivation and sweating.

• Menopausal disorders.


• It is used in ophthalmology for eye exams.

• Plant juice is extracted to produce oils and ointments applied to the skin through.

• In South America plants of this family are used to accompany and modular ayahuasca experience infused with other plants of the same family.

• Use magic to make contact with the divine.

• In ancient times, Belladonna was used in dyes for clothes. It was mined first fruit a purple color, and then macerated for a beautiful green hue.



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