The black henbane is a biennial herb type bearing the scientific name of Hyoscyamus niger. This is a species that has a total cover of fine hairs over its entire surface. The leaves of this herb grow alternately and have several indentations. The flowers of black henbane , on the other hand, have a mixture of gray and yellow (the veins are dark purple ).
The fruit of black henbane is a small berry with a cover which, upon reaching the age of maturation spontaneously opens, dropping their seeds. This species grows especially in areas of Europe and Asia, showing a preference for the foot of walls, areas with debris and manure.
The chemical composition of black henbane includes items such as atropine, scopolamine, and hyoscyamine. The black henbane is also very rich in flavonoids. Some of the alkaloids of this plant give this species its excellent properties as a sedative, antiasthmatic and analgesic. With black henbane can also cure all kinds of cases of colds and respiratory ailments. It is a medicinal plant with very good effect as a spasmolytic.
While it is true that black henbane has very good properties by acting on the central nervous system is also important to mention that it is a medicinal plant with some risk of toxicity (reason why it should be used with extreme caution). To prepare an infusion made ??of black henbane need 4gr of dried leaves of this plant for each liter of water we are going to prepare. We bring to a boil for about 10 minutes, let cool and filter the leaf litter. The beverage produces excellent effects as a tranquilizer, so many people choose to take it before bedtime.