Datura – Purple Horn of Plenty – Datura metel

Purple Horn of Plenty
Purple Horn of Plenty

This medicinal plant’s use dates back as far as 3000 years. Today it is used in traditional Chinese medicine as a treatment for asthma, chronic bronchitis, chronic pain, seizures, and coma. Datura metel has also been used for its anesthetic (pain-killing) properties.

It has been used ceremonially for centuries for shamanic journeys or puberty rites. It causes hallucinations through the alkaloids present in every part of the plant. The plant is extremely poisonous and therefore ingestion is strongly advised against! The symptoms of poisoning are flushed skin, headaches, hallucinations, and possibly convulsions or even a coma.

I t has been used in India as an aphrodisiac for centuries.  Its use spread through Asia and Europe. Witches were believed to use it when preparing to ‘fly.’

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