The berries and roots have been used medicinally for a couple of thousand years, at least, as an ointment or poultice for various skin ailments, such as eczema and especially cancer. The flowers contain solasodine, which is useful against skin cancer lesions, and the roots contain beta-solamarine, another substance useful for the same purpose. In magical folklore, people would hang a sprig of these berries in a secret place in the house as a protection charm and also to help heal them of bitter memories. Shepherds would weave a necklace of the flower clusters and place it around their animals' necks as protection against the "evil eye."
Of course, I can tell that the fairies are always busy around the nightshade plants (which also include tomatoes, peppers, potatoes, and tobacco). This is because of the narcotic properties that they all contain in varying degrees. Fairies love to use these berries to confuse humans and sometimes bring them to their own land, never to be seen again by their friends and family, which is why all the old fables always warn you never to eat anything a fairy gives you. There's a certain energy coming off the climbing nightshade, and once you are familiar with it, it's unmistakable. That, and the strange smell. I never will forget it.
|Climbing nightshade, also known as bittersweet.|
(Yes, I have to put a disclaimer in. This article is for informational purposes only and is not meant to diagnose, treat, or cure any ailment. If you need medical advice, seek a physician.)