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Commonly known as Woody Nightshade or Bittersweet. It is usually found in hedgerows and shaded. Its active constituent is Solamine which acts narcotically and in large doses causes paralysis. It slows the heart and respiration, reduces temperature and causes vertigo and delirium, eventually convulsions and death.
Woody Nightshade was used widely for a number of ailments including rheumatism, fever, inflammation and jaundice. It was believed to guard against the evil eye and has been revered for thousands of years (a necklace of the berries was found in Tutenkahmun's tomb).
To protect against and to remove evil from humans and animals, tie a small pieceof woody nightshade on the body.Tie a twig of woody nightshade around your neck to cure vertigo or dizziness.
Woody Nightshade is an herb of protection ruled by Mercury and Uranus. As its cousin Belladonna (Deadly Nightshade) became associated with dark energy, the more common Nightshade, Bittersweet, became associated with the balancing energy. The benevolent properties of Woody Nightshade remain known today. Collected and hung in bunches, it protects one's home and those who dwell within it (whether human or animal) from negative energies and misfortune. For its Magick to work, however, no one else must ever know where it has been placed.
Woody Nightshade has been used in folk remedies for warts and tumors. It has been confirmed to show significant anti-cancer activity. It is used as a starting material for steroids and formally used as a narcotic, diuretic, sweat inducer, for skin eruptions, rheumatism, gout, bronchitis and whooping cough.