A black nightshade is called the annual herbaceous plant, whose height reaches over three feet during the ripening period. In nature there are many cultures and species of nightshade, but in this article we will consider the useful properties of black nightshade.
This plant is quite common throughout North and South America, Europe and Asia, grows almost everywhere and therefore, it can be found everywhere. The nightshade can be considered a weed because it can be found near roadsides, in fields and in coastal areas. However, to call this plant a weed relative to its medicinal properties it would be foolish because this plant has a wide range of useful properties.
Useful Composition of Nightshade
The nightshade's berries contain a huge amount of alkaloids, solamargine and solanidin. Also, in the black nightshade there is a sufficient amount of tannic and coloring substances, organic acids, which and bring so much benefit to the plant.
To the taste, the nightshade's berries have a sweet-bitter smack. This smack is present due to the content of dalcamarine in the nightshade's berries, a bitter substance is enough. The mature fruits of black nightshade contain up to 0.05 oz of saponins, and also about 7-10% of tannin.
In the nightshade there is a lot of sugar, ascorbic acid and, of course, vitamin C. Be careful, and do not eat the nightshade's unripe fruits. They contain a poisonous substance - solanine, which adversely affects the organism.
Useful Properties of Black Nightshade
Since this plant can be attributed to the medicinal products, the nightshade berries have a wide useful spectrum of action. Moreover, not only the berries are used, but also the plant leaves. The last are harvested from July to September, and the berries themselves are harvested from August to October.
The plant's berries have the choleretic, antipyretic and anti-inflammatory effects. They possess the expectorant and antirheumatic property. The nightshade affects with such ailments as the atherosclerosis or the hypertension (for prophylaxis, eat 0.2-0.3 oz of berries per day). The nightshade is useful with inflammation of the bladder, the urinary tract, as well as the development of skin diseases.
A nightshade's benefit is affected the nervous system. It effectively removes the headaches, will not be superfluous with the epilepsy, the pyelitis or the dyspepsia.
Among the recipes of folk-medicine, you can find a recipe for the nightshade's ointment, which is useful in the event of furuncle formation, at the festering wounds or the ulcers. A decoction on the basis of nightshade is useful for the removal sore of throat, effective for the bleeding and inflammation of the gums, including and the oral cavity.
The plant's leaves are used as a sedative and antiseptic remedy; the compresses with leaves of nightshade are used at the hemorrhoids, the eczema or the erysipelas. Note, that the folk-recipes and the use of nightshade are found in many folk-medicines.
Therapeutic Recipes of Nightshade
Infusion of nightshade: 0.2 oz of crushed dry grass should be poured a cup of boiling water and let it brew for three-four hours, then strain and take for one tablespoon three-four times a day. This remedy is good for the neuroses, headaches and rheumatic pains, joint pain. You can use it as a lotion for the furuncles and herpes.
Decoction of nightshade: take 8.5 oz of boiled water on one teaspoon of ground grass, warmed the decoction in a water bath for 15 minutes, then filtered and taken for ten days for one teaspoon of broth twice a day. This drug is recommended for the coughing, the neuralgia, the colitis, the bronchial asthma, the gastritis, the cystitis, as well as the rheumatism and the itching eczema.
Decoction of the nightshade's berries: a cup of boiling water for 0.7 oz of mature nightshade. The fetuses are required to cook on a water bath for 10-15 minutes, then, filter. Dosage − is four times a day for one tablespoon. The drug is effective in the colitis, the cholelithiasis, the gout, the rheumatism.
Nightshade's Rinse: 1.7 oz of juice from fresh ripe berries should be diluted in 5 oz of water and rinse your mouth and throat at the tonsillitis, the mucositis. For colds − two-three drops of juice instill in the nose.
Ointment from nightshade: the leaves of nightshade must be ground into the powder and mixed with the sunflower oil in a ratio of 1:4. The festering wounds and ulcers can lubricate by the resulting ointment.
Delicious Recipes from Nightshade
Jam from the black nightshade. You need to take 17.6 oz of nightshade's ripe berries, above 21 oz of sugar and one cup of water. The berries need to be sorted, put them in a basin; prepare syrup from water and sugar and pour over the nightshade. The syrup should be hot. This composition is left overnight. In the morning it should be brought to a boil and simmer until cooked.
Fruit paste from the black nightshade. To make it, you need about 18 oz grams of berries, 18 oz of sugar and one full cup of water. Washed and poured over with water, berries should be cooked until they become soft; then, rub with sugar and cook over low heat until half cooked. Remember! Only ripe berries are needed, immature − they are poisonous.
Harm of Nightshade and Contraindications to Use
We have repeatedly noted that the nightshade is a poisonous plant. Therefore, when starting its use, consult a doctor beforehand, even, if you are intending to use it as a preventive remedy.
Drugs and medications containing nightshade are not recommended for the breastfeeding mothers and pregnant women. And, of course, the individual intolerance, which can be reflected in the form of an allergy, or inflammation on the skin, is not excluded.