Belladonna Leaf - Atropa Belladona L.
Belladonna Leaf - Atropa Belladona L.

Belladonna Leaf - Atropa Belladona L.

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Make use of the medicinal properties of Belladonna!

Belladonna - Atropa Belladonna

Origin: Brazil

Used part: Leaf



The belladonna, scientific name Atropa belladonna, is a rare plant belonging to the Solanaceae family, being found in moist soils, mainly at lakes, rivers and dams, reaching up to 150 centimeters in height. The scientific name of the plant originates in Greek mythology, making reference to Atropos, word that means ineluctable. Although it has a high toxicity power, this plant is used in the production process of some drugs, due to the presence, in its leaves, of the alkaloid atropine. In Ancient Rome, the fruit juice of the plant was used by women to dilate the pupil of the eye, originating the name beautiful lady or beautiful lady.

Health benefits:

For medicinal purposes, its leaves and flowery tops are used. Among its active principles are atropine, noratropin, scopolamine and atroscin, among others.

Its use is indicated to relax the muscles, in addition to relieving pains of urinary colic and gallbladder. It is effective in relieving asthma attacks, reducing night sweats in tuberculosis, nervous system problems or specific digestion problems. The belladonna can still be used for ophthalmic exams because it dilates the pupil. It is an excellent parasympatholytic, spasmolytic, secretion inhibitor and analgesic. It can also be used for anticholinergic treatment, relieving gastrointestinal colic and constipation.

It is important to emphasize that it should not be used without medical indication, just like any other medicine or medicinal plant. Belladonna is toxic and has several side effects when used without supervision.

Good Herbal Remedy:

  • Smooth muscle relaxant
  • Reduces the pains of urinary colic and gallbladder
  • Relieves asthma attacks
  • It is used to reduce the night sweats of individuals suffering from tuberculosis
  • It is used in ophthalmologic examinations because of the effect of atropine (dilation of the ocular pupil)
  • Indicated in cases of problems specific to the nervous system or digestion


  1. Use the ratio of a tablespoon to every liter of water
  2. Bring the water to the heat and allow to boil
  3. Add the belladonna and wait for it to boil again
  4. Turn off the heat and keep the mixture muffled for about 10 minutes
  5. Strain and drink

How to drink:

Drink 1 to 2 cups a day.


Ingestion of the fruit can be lethal, especially for children. Excessive consumption can cause irritability and excitement, resulting in hyperactivity. In addition, there is an increase in body temperature and loss of sweating. It may also cause dry mouth, pupillary dilation, difficulty seeing, loss of consciousness, nausea, hallucinations, and apathy.

Consumption is contraindicated for patients with cardiopathy or with down syndrome, angle-closure glaucoma, renal or hepatic dysfunction, xerostomia, hypertension, hyperthyroidism, obstructive myopathy, tachycardia, reflux esophagitis, gravidica toxemia or children with brain lesions. It is important that belladonna remedies, or even the plant itself, are indicated by a doctor. Never use self-medication.