How to Use Dried Nightshade

The bittersweet nightshade is commonly overlooked for its rare cousin, Celastrus scandens nightshade, which is most commonly known to be poisonous upon ingestion. However, bittersweet nightshade is very useful for its topical healing properties; It can be used to treat anything from bruises, sprains, and inflammation, to psoriasis, acne, and eczema.


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      Add 1 to 2 grams of dried nightshade stem to 8 ounces of boiling water.

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      Let cool and apply to affected skin, or soak the area in the mixture.

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      For tea, steep 1 to 3 grams of bittersweet nightshade stem in 5 ounces of water. Drain the stems. This treatment helps with acne in particular.

Tips & Warnings

  • Belladonna plasters can also be used to apply to corns and bunions, and is made of small parts of poisonous nightshade, salicylic acid and lead plaster.
  • Be sure that you have acquired the proper kind of nightshade, as some kinds can be poisonous
  • Do not ingest berries or leaves.
  • Do NOT use while pregnant.
  • Not for use on children.
  • Nightshade has levels of alkaloid solanine, which if taken in excess can cause narcosis and/or solanine poisoning.
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