9 Amazing Benefits of Datura

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The most important health benefits of datura include its ability to relieve asthma, reduce fever, protect the heart, eliminate pain, increase fertility, boost hair health, induce healthy sleep, and ease childbirth.

What is Datura?

Don’t let the beautiful flowers of the genus Datura deceive you; they have a lot more to offer than something pretty to look at. Datura is a genus that comprises nine different species of poisonous plants. They are commonly known as moonflowers or angel’s trumpets, but whatever you call them, these flowers have an interesting secret. All species are poisonous to a certain degree, but this has also been turned into a traditional use as an intoxicant and a hallucinogen. While large quantities can be toxic, small quantities when appropriately administered can also have medicinal effects. Datura is commonly consumed in conjunction with cannabis (smoked) or is added to wine or alcohol to increase the potency. The various alkaloids, minerals, and organic compounds in datura are what makes the effects of this plant so interesting.

These flowers can be found throughout North America and Mexico, and there is also a high concentration of growth in North Africa. While mainstream medicine still labels this flower and its derived supplements and uses as unproven, centuries of traditional practices beg to differ. You can still find practitioners and herbalists throughout the United States and much of the world who will suggest very limited amounts of datura to be used to treat a wide range of conditions.

Health Benefits of Datura

Let’s take a closer look at some of these fascinating health benefits of datura.

Better Respiratory Health

When you use datura in the same way as cannabis, namely rolling and smoking it, it can have certain antispasmodic effects on the body. This is particularly effective for the treatment of asthma, as it can calm the respiratory tracts and prevent them from closing up and inducing coughing. This antispasmodic can have effects on the rest of the body as well, such as relaxing muscles.

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A beautiful datura flower Photo Credit: Shutterstock

Improved Mood

One of the most notable effects of datura is its ability to improve mood and reduce stress. By causing the release of certain hormones into the body, it can relieve stress and calm the mind. For those who regularly suffer from stress, that build-up of hormones in the body can be dangerous. Smoking small amounts of datura have traditionally been used to improve mood and relieve symptoms of depression.

Fever Treatment

The fruit of the datura can be used to reduce certain types of fever. Traditionally, it has been effective for the treatment of malaria, a problem that is still present in many places in the world. The fruit can be directly consumed after being burnt.

Heart Health

By calming the body and mind, it can also relax the cardiovascular system. This can help people who suffer from heart arrhythmias or palpitations, as well as reducing blood pressure and lowering the chances of atherosclerosis, heart attacks, and strokes.

Improved Fertility

One of the most popular uses of datura in traditional medicine was as a boost for sexual energy, libido, and fertility. Although the exact pathway isn’t understood in this particular pathway, smoking datura has been connected with increased sexual energy. By immersing the seeds into water or milk, you can also increase circulation to the genitals, which increases fertility and the health of the sperm.

Hair Care

If you suffer from male pattern baldness, then you can easily create a salve for the hair that can be applied to boost hair health. It stimulates the growth of new hair and the maintenance of follicle beds so they don’t stop producing or holding hair. The highly potent juice for baldness should not be consumed, as it is such a high concentration.

Healthy Pregnancy

If you are suffering from a particularly painful pregnancy or delivery, the application of datura in a topical way can be very helpful. Following delivery, once your baby is no longer dependent on your body directly, you can consume small amounts of fruit and even smoke this plant for pain relief and mental calm.

Boosted Immune System

There is a decent amount of ascorbic acid found in datura, and additionally, the high concentration of antioxidants contributes to the strength of the immune system. It stimulates the production of white blood cells and neutralized various free radicals throughout various systems of the body.

Regular Sleep

The sedative qualities of datura have often been suggested as a sleep aid. By soothing the nerves, inducing healthy hormonal release, and reducing inflammation and pain, datura can effectively deliver restful, undisturbed sleep for people suffering from insomnia or other sleep disorders.

Word of Caution: It cannot be stressed enough that datura is a poisonous plant, and consumption or use of it without proper advisement is not recommended. Excess or improper consumption can cause anything from nausea, dizziness, fatigue, and hallucinations to more serious effects, such as permanent mental imbalances and even death. Use of datura is restricted in some places and countries such as the UK. Always speak to a medical professional or trained herbalist before using a new natural remedy, especially one as powerful as datura!

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John Staughton is a traveling writer, editor, publisher and photographer with English and Integrative Biology degrees from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana (USA). He co-founded the literary journal, Sheriff Nottingham, and now serves as the Content Director for Stain’d Arts, a non-profit based in Denver, Colorado. On a perpetual journey towards the idea of home, he uses words to educate, inspire, uplift and evolve.

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