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Nightshade, bittersweet (Solanum dulcamara)




Astringent, antimicrobial, irritating to mucous membranes

Areas of application:

for all diseases in which detoxification plays a role, lung diseases, whooping cough, asthma, gout, rheumatism, skin diseases, skin damage, chronic eczema, psoriasis, neurodermatitis, herpes (cold sores), itchy rashes, rheumatoid arthritis, styes

Plant parts used:

Stem of the 2 or 3 year old plant

Collection time:

Spring or late autumn

To find:

In damp, shady places on stream banks, in bushes, riparian forests, headwaters and moors, also on old walls and ruins.


Alkaloids, solanine, tannins, bitter substances, steroid saponins, sugar


☕ Tea: Pour 1/4 liter of boiling water over 1 teaspoon and let it steep for 10 minutes. Drink throughout the day.

The daily dose of nightshade for an adult should not be higher than 1 to 2 g! To be on the safe side, consult a specialist (doctor) before use!

In old folk belief it was believed that this could be used to banish demons and witches.

🛑 Although the ripe berries have the lowest alkaloid content in relation to the herb and the green berries, the consumption of around 10 berries is still considered a lethal dose in the literature specified.

Hildegard von Bingen: If anyone suffers from heartache or has a weak heart, boil nightshade moderately in water and after squeezing it, place it very warmly on the heart and it will get better. And whoever has a toothache, let him warm it in water and place it warmly on the jaw where it hurts, and the pain will go away. And if the feet swell, put the herb warmed in water over the swelling and it will go away. (This probably means the Black Nightshade.)


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