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Post by sujin007 on Fri Nov 30, 2012 2:27 pm

Belladonna, also known as Devils berries, death cherries or deadly nightshade, is native to Europe, North Africa and Western Asia.

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Post by sujin007 on Fri Nov 30, 2012 2:29 pm

It is also one of the world’s most poisonous plants as it contains Tropane alkaloids, some of which cause delirium and hallucinations.

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Post by sujin007 on Fri Nov 30, 2012 2:31 pm

Other symptoms of Belladonna poisoning include loss of voice, dry mouth, headaches, breathing difficulty and convulsions.

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Post by sujin007 on Fri Nov 30, 2012 2:32 pm

The whole plant is poisonous, but berries usually play the greatest risk, as they are sweet and tend to attract children.

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Post by sujin007 on Fri Nov 30, 2012 2:34 pm

Strangely, our very “intelligent” ancestors of the Elizabethan era (1500s) used Belladonna as part of their daily cosmetic routine.

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Post by sujin007 on Fri Nov 30, 2012 2:36 pm

They used drops made from the plant as eye drops, to dilate their pupils, which was considered attractive and gave the user a dreamy look.
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Post by sujin007 on Fri Nov 30, 2012 2:37 pm


Not being very knowledgeable at the time, the women also drank cyanide, or “bled” themselves to obtain a pale, translucent skin color, in addition to painting their faces white with a lead based paint called cerise.



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