On 4/08/06, Elizabeth wrote:
> BYT; 'belladonna' is not safe for anything.
It's this type of thinking that starts the bizarre and unfounded half-truths
that keep agriculturists in the dark. As I said in my previous posting, some
herbs or plants, which would be deadly to humans or species-specific animals,
have little of no effect whatsoever on others.
To blanket the statement that it is a poison and has no redeeming value is
"Its deadly character is due to the presence of an alkaloid, Atropine, 1/10
grain of which swallowed by a man has occasioned symptoms of poisoning. As
every part of the plant is extremely poisonous, neither leaves, berries, nor
root should be handled if there are any cuts or abrasions on the hands. The
root is the most poisonous, the leaves and flowers less so, and the berries,
except to children, least of all. It is said that an adult may eat two or three
berries without injury, but dangerous symptoms appear if more are taken, and it
is wiser not to attempt the experiment. Though so powerful in its action on the
human body, the plant seems to affect some of the lower animals but little.
Eight pounds of the herb are said to have been eaten by a horse without causing
any injury, and an ass swallowed 1 lb. of the ripe berries without any bad
results following. Rabbits, sheep, goats and swine eat the leaves with
impunity, and birds often eat the seeds without any apparent effect, but cats
and dogs are very susceptible to the poison."
And let's not discount it's medicinal properties...
---Medicinal Action and Uses---Narcotic, diuretic, sedative, antispasmodic,
mydriatic. Belladonna is a most valuable plant in the treatment of eye
diseases, Atropine, obtained during extraction, being its most important
constituent on account of its power of dilating the pupil.
The various preparations of Belladonna have many uses. Locally applied, it
lessens irritability and pain, and is used as a lotion, plaster or liniment in
cases of neuralgia, gout, rheumatism and sciatica. As a drug, it specially
affects the brain and the bladder. It is used to check excessive secretions and
to allay inflammation and to check the sweating of phthisis and other
Small doses allay cardiac palpitation, and the plaster is applied to the
cardiac region for the same purpose, removing pain and distress.
Yes, Elizabeth, you can mix your aloe potion and bottle it and do whatever you
like with it. But remember that there is benefit and merit to be had beyond
simplistic and naive ways of thinking, whether any of us agree with it or not.