- For folk magic purposes (not involving consumption of this poison herb), foxglove can be used in various ways: as a protective herb for the home or garden and to represent the element water.
- Use this herb with great caution to consecrate the athame or ritual knife. Make an infusion with the leaves or root to banish prior energy from magickal blades and to infuse it with protection. The root or leaves may be burned as incense for the same purpose. Gather the fresh flowers to make a tincture to refresh the power of the knives.
- Use an infusion as a magickal wash for ritual tools or sacred space. Brings protection and magickal watchfulness against negative energies in ritual.
- Wash a new cauldron in the infusion or burn aconite in its first fire.
- Wrap the seed in a lizard skin and carry to become invisible at will.
- Used to poison arrow tips in early times.
- Also as protection from and a cure for werewolves!! (If that is an issue for you 😉
- Welsh women used foxglove to create a black dye in which to draw lines on their homes’ floors to keep evil spirits out.(3)
Health Benefits, Uses & Side Effects of Datura
This herb is mainly used as a natural home remedy for respiratory diseases like whooping cough, asthma and bronchitis.
Datura leaves provides relief from pain associated with rheumatism, sciatica, neuralgia, muscle spasms, and so on. Plus, datura benefits in dealing with heart disease and palpitations.
It is believed that this herb can work as a mental tonic and help manage Schizophrenia, Epilepsy, and Parkinson’s disease, provided it is used cautiously. This notion, however, has not been proved scientifically as yet.
Some other benefits of datura include its effectiveness in getting rid of hemorrhoids, relieving diarrhea, treating bedwetting (Enuresis), curing bilious malarial fever, healing dandruff, reducing hair loss, etc.
Furthermore, it is considered good for relieving toothaches, headaches, earaches, and menstrual cramps.
All the species of Datura are poisonous in nature. Some are aphrodisiac too. The seeds and flowers are more poisonous in nature. Sometimes, datura is termed as witches weeds and shows properties like deadly nightshade and henbane. Datura use is known for feverish state and even death.(1)
Common names of Datura
It has been known by many names such as jimson weed, stink weed, mad apple, thorn apple stramonium, dhatura tatula, and datura seeds. Datura is also known by other common names such as Devil’s snare, hell’s bell, devil’s trumpet, devil’s weed, tolguacha, locoweed, pricklyburr and devil’s cucumber. (1)
- English Name- Thorn apple, Devil’s trumpet, Metel
- Hindi Name- Sada Dhatura
- Tamil Name- Ummattangani/ Vella- Ummathai
- Telugu Name- Ummetta
- Bengal Name- Dhattura
- Gujarati name – Dhattura
- Marathi Name-Dhattura
- Kannada name- Unmatta, Dhattura
- Malayalam Name- Unmatta, Dhattura
- Arabic name – Datur
- Persian name – Tatur