Friday, March 25, 2011

Magickal Herb Friday: Belladonna

Belladonna - also known as Deadly Nightshade - is referred to as a toxic herb; it can be deadly and even fatal if used incorrectly.  Take care when using it in your practices - Keep away from children, pets and familiars!

 This perennial herb has both cosmetic and medicinal purposes.  In early times, it was used cosmetically because the active ingredient, atropine, causes the pupils to dialte, which was thought to be a sexy and alluring attribute in women.  It is believed this is how the name Belladonna came to be, as it means beautiful lady in Italian.  Medicinally, the alkaloids found in this herb help to dry up bodily fluids (breast milk, saliva, perspiration, and mucous) and can aid in gastrointestinal disorders.  It is often used in homeopathic remedies to cure the common cold, earaches, fever, menstrual cramps, sunstroke, toothaches, headaches, sore throats, and boils.

Pluto Incense (Planetary Influence Incense) 
1 part Cypress
1 part Peppermint
1/2 part Eucalyptus
1/2 part Mimosa
Pinch Belladonna leaf

Burn to attract its influences.

 Remember to always consult a doctor before using any herbal remedies.  Belladonna is an extremely dangerous herb and should only be used under the supervision of a certified medical practitioner.


2 Thoughts:

  1. I'm glad you did a post on Belladonna...i got a hold of some beautiful deep purple belladonna seeds, planted them and they are almost a foot tall now!