This is your precious time to listen to the true story of Belladonna. Belladonna is the herbaceous plant native to Europe and North Africa can be used as medicine, poison or cosmetic. Locally it was given names, in Italy the plant was commonly known as ‘beautiful lady’ because of its exterior appearance and its usage.

In North Africa, the story is different. It was commonly known as deadly Nightshade since it is poisonous. Whether the plant has different names; the fact stands tall that it is used in three main ways; for medicine, cosmetic enhancing beauty, recreation drug and as poison.

First, belladonna was widely used to promote beauty among women. Its juice was used in the enlargement of pupils in women thus giving them striking look attracting every creature in this earth. The enlargement of pupils is due to blockage of receptors in muscles.

However, using the plant for beauty is dangerous because the plant drops may cause visual distortions. In medicine, the plant is used to heal whooping cough, both hay and cold fever and for sedation purpose. The plant is also used to manufacture atropine drug which is recommended by scientists.

Traditionally was commonly known to treat headache, menstrual signs such as loss of appetite and ulcer. Scientists advocate the efficacy in the plant and therefore advise when preparing, it should be diluted before selling. It was also know to treat behavioral disorders.

Unlike its advantages, care should be taken. The plant is poisonous! It was used to make tools such as arrows suitable in wars. It is not advisable to be taken by pregnant mothers. Its side effects include increased heartbeat, may make your skin dry, may case urinating problems and it may affect mental. Belladonna is good plant as it is used as medicine. At the same time care should taken when using the plant.

This article is part of the Poisonous Plants series.