Name: Solanum dulcamara
Names: Bittersweet nightshade, bittersweet, bittersweet herb, bittersweet stems, bittersweet twigs, blue nightshade, felonwort, fever twig, garden nightshade, nightshade, nightshade vine, scarlet berry, staff vine, violet bloom, woody, woody nightshade.
Used: Bark of the root, twigs
Anodyne, diuretic, emetic, purgative.
Although bittersweet nightshade is a relatively weak poison, it is used almost exclusively for external problems. Use it as a poultice for
gout and herpes. Combined with chamomile it makes a good ointment for swellings, bruises, sprains, and corns. For skin diseases and sores, combine with yellow dock.
Bittersweet nightshade is a perennial woody vine found in moist areas, around houses, and among hedges and thickets in the eastern and north-central states, the Pacific coast, and in Europe. The shrubby, thumb-thick, ashy-green, somewhat angular, climbing stern can reach a length of up to 10 feet. The dark green (or purplish when young) leaves are alternate and variable in shape. The purple, star- shaped flowers appear
from May to August. The fruit is a scarlet, bitter berry that hangs on the vine for months after the leaves have fallen.
Caution: This is poisonous.
DO NOT TAKE INTERNALLY WITHOUT THE SUPERVISION OF A QUALIFIED PROFESSIONAL.
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