The Jimsonweed is a shrub or small tree that can grow to about 3.5 m. high, and comes from the Andes. Its trunk is wood and branches.
This plant belongs to the Solanaceae family and its scientific name is Datura stramonium.
The medicinal parts used are the leaves and flowers.
The Jimsonweed is grown as an ornamental plant in gardens and greenhouses.
But the use of this herb is not recommended for drinking, for their toxic effects that have hallucinogenic properties. The Jimsonweed has been used in the Old and New World since ancient times for medicinal, ceremonial and religious. South American Indians used them in religious ceremonies and as drugs. During the Middle Ages many preparations used for witchcraft containing extracts of these medicinal plants.
But instead another pharmacological action of the Jimsonweed is using the dried leaves or flowers, and inhaling the smoke burned is antiasthmatic, or while smoking a cigarette.
The leaves of this evergreen tree are medicinal oblong, smooth edge.
The importance of its showy flowers, very large and tubular forms, which have solitary and pendulous, are very fragrant at night, and white. They bloom all year round.
The Jimsonweed is used as a medicinal plant in external use, such as anti-rheumatic, anti-inflammatory, emollient, and is also used to make oils and ointments.
Recipes for this medicinal plant:
Jimsonweed oil or ointment, for rheumatism and friction in the joint. Emollient for pimples, boils, etc.
Preparation: Place 500 d.c. olive oil, 150 gr. fresh leaves and crushed in a bowl. Then the mixture is heated in a water bath for 3 to 4 hours.
Then strain and remove excess water (if available).
Instead you can use oil or creed fat unsalted butter, to create an ointment.
Fresh flowers of this herb, crushed in a mortar with fat, used to prepare a kind of soft paste, which has the same properties as oil or ointment.