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Biological Name: Solanum dulcamaranightshade

Other Names: woody nightshade, Bittersweet nightshade, woody, bittersweet, violet bloom, bittersweet herb, staff vine, bittersweet stems, scarlet berry, bittersweet twigs, nightshade vine, blue nightshade, nightshade, felonwort, garden nightshade, fever twig.

Elements Applied: Nightshade stems and root bark are applied in herbal medicine.

Used For: The remedy is applied to relieve pains and spasms, constipation, induce vomiting and urination.

Despite the fact bittersweet produces a mild poisonous effect, it is recommended to use externally. Applied in form of poultice for herpes and gout. When used with chamomile it serves a good aid for corns, sprains, bruises, and swellings. For skin conditions it is commonly mixed with yellow dock.

Additional Info: Bittersweet nightshade belongs to perennials and grows mostly in damp areas, in the house yards, along hedges of the Pacific coast, in the northern, central and eastern areas of the US, and in European regions. The stem is climbing and grows in form of a bush, and may have 10 feet in length. The leaves are differently shaped and green-colored. The flowers are purplish and commonly blossom from the end of spring through summer. The berries are bitter tasting and hang on the stem for a long time in autumn.

Safety: Warning! The plant is poisonous.

It’s not recommended for internal use without medical control or consultation. Not suggested for use.