Week of August 20, 2017 - Witches' Garden, part 2

Tuesday, August 15, 2017 4:28 PM | Wise Woman (Administrator)

Witches' Garden, part 2

Belladonna (Atropa belladonna)
Here is a mass of belladonna, literally “beautiful lady” in Italian. In Germany, I was told, it is “crazy cherry” or “death cherry” (tot kirsch). In the pharmacy, it is the pupil-opening drug atropine.

Here is a close-up of the beautiful lady’s flower. So useful, so deadly. Such an odd color. For thousands of years healers have used belladonna, and it is still available today, though usually only as a homeopathic remedy.

Roots broom  
Laying off to the side in the witches’ garden, I found this lovely broom made from gnarly roots. Doesn’t look like it would sweep well, but it would probably be a good flyer, especially with some flying ointment rubbed on strategic places.

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