Wolfsbane (Aconite; Monkshood)


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Wolfsbane (Aconite; Monkshood) is known simply as the Queen of Poisons. The really scary thing about this plant is that all parts of the plant are extremely toxic and the toxin (aconitine) can also be absorbed through the skin. Throughtout history and even today, Wolfsbane (Aconite; Monkshood) has been easily mistaken for an edible herb. The end result was often death.  Anyone gathering Wolfsbane (Aconite; Monkshood) are encouraged to wear gloves and know the signs of toxicity. It begins with nausea and diarrhea and progresses to a tingling sensation and numbness in the mouth and throat and a burning sensation of the abdomen. The numbness and tingling would then spread through the body accompanied by weakness of the limbs. This may all be accompanied by sweating, dizziness, headache, confusion and difficulty breathing. Finally, the cardiac symptoms kick in, arrhythmia, a drop in blood pressure and finally paralysis of the heart and respiratory system. Survival is possible with supportive care, particularly if charcoal is administered within the first hour.

According to lore, Wolfsbane (Aconite; Monkshood) was used in flying potion. 

According to vampire/werewolf television lore, Wolfsbane (Aconite; Monkshood)  is a potent herb and a werewolf's most well-known weakness. If a werewolf makes physical contact with wolfsbane in any form, it will burn and weaken them. Ingesting wolfsbane severely weakens a werewolf and they appear feverish.