The mandrake is the queen of magic plants.
In antiquity and the Middle Ages, it was highly valued and was traded expensive.
The plant, also known as Mandragora, has not only been described as having all sorts of magical abilities, but also tremendous medical skills. Their medicinal effect is not to be dismissed out of hand, because the Mandrake is even so strong that they must be described as highly toxic. The mandrake used to perform surgery because it has a narcotic effect. The mandrake was also considered a fertility-promoting love affair, which increased its popularity even more.
Ingredients: The mandrake contains the typical nightshade alkaloids: atropine, hyoscyamine, scopolamine
Effect: The Mandrake looks similar to the belladonna, the thorn apple and the henbane. narcotic: psychoactive hallucinogen aphrodisisch the narcotic effect is in the foreground.
Traditional medical application:
The mandrake used to be an important medical remedy because it has a very strong (toxic) effect.
In the Middle Ages, but probably also earlier, the mandrake was used as an anesthetic in operations. For this purpose, one made a tea from mandrake root, mulberry juice, poppy seed extract, figwort and hemlock and dripped it on a sponge. This sponge was held in front of the patient's nose until he fell asleep. After surgery, the patient was woken up with fennel oil scents.
Thickened juice from bark and root was stored as a drug.
Dried roots were once used against eye inflammation, inflamed wounds, hardening, snake bite and joint pain.
The mandrake was also considered fertile.
Mandrake wine was drank against insomnia, whereby there was always the danger that you will not wake up from this sleep.