Woody Nightshade (Solanum dulcamara). Also known as bittersweet, bittersweet nightshade and scarlet berry is a herbaceous perennial from the Solanacaea family.
It is native to North Africa, Europe and Asia and now widely naturalised elsewhere, including North America where it is a very invasive weed.
Woody Nightshade is a semi-woody herbaceous perennial vine, which scrambles over other plants, and can reach a height of 1-2 m. The flowers are in loose clusters, star-shaped, with five purple petals and yellow stamens. The red berries are approximately 1 cm long, with an appearance of a tiny tomato. The berries are poisonous to humans and livestock.
It should be used with caution and only under the supervision of a qualified practitioner, this is a poisonous plant that, in excess, paralyzes the central nervous system, slows the heart and respiration, and lowers temperature, causing vertigo, delirium, convulsions and death.
Medicinal Action and Uses
Alterative – Woody Nightshade is chiefly used as an alterative in skin diseases, being a popular remedy for obstinate skin eruptions, scrofula and ulcers.
Depurative – The herb has the power of increasing the secretions, particularly those of the skin and kidneys and is also used as a treatment for jaundice.
Expectorant – It has also been recommended in chronic bronchial catarrh, asthma and whooping cough.
Narcotic – The herb has slight narcotic affects.
Topical Uses – Due to its alterative properties it is used to treat skin eruptions, ulcers, rheumatism and cellulite.
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