Ozark Encyclopedia – J – Jimsonweed

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Mountain Man Traditional Healing

Jimsonweed – Datura stramonium

***CAUTION! Poisonous!***

Parts used: flower, leaf

Traditional uses: Poisonous. Poultice of wilted leaves used on boils and fresh wounds. Smoked for asthma. Poultice of decoction of leaves mash applied to the chest for pneumonia. Compound poultice with crushed seeds rubbed on sore throat.

“Antispasmodic, anodyne and narcotic. Its properties are virtually those of hyoscyamine. It acts similarly to belladonna, though without constipating, and is used for purposes similar to those for which belladonna is employed, dilating the pupil of the eyes in like manner. It is considered slightly more sedative to the central nervous system than is belladonna.” ~Grieve MH

Used for asthma and lung trouble – “Jimson-weed (Datura) is used in treating bronchial troubles and asthma.” ~Randolph OMF 94

For insomnia – “For persistent insomnia, one has only to put a handful of Jimson-weed (Datura) leaves into each shoe and set the…

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