Growing a garden is an exciting and rewarding experience. It can strengthen your mind and body in many ways. Scientific studies show that gardening can reduce your stress levels, decrease your risk of cardiovascular disease, improve your brain health, help you sleep better, keep those hand muscles strong and prevent obesity. This activity, however, needs some caution. If you are not careful, it may cause serious injuries or sudden death. It is important to be aware of the plants that are poisonous when eaten or touched. Here are ten of the world’s deadliest plants:
English Yew or Taxus Baccata is often found in the forests of Europe and church graveyards across Great Britain, and it is a deadly tree (except the berries). In fact, it was once used by herbalists to stimulate abortions. Unfortunately, the plant killed both mother and child. Some people believe that the tree is a symbol of death and immortality of the soul. Eating the English Yew even in small amounts can result in dizziness, weakness, dry mouth, an irregular heart rhythm, dilation of the pupils, and cardiac issues that may lead to death. The tree can live a very long time (usually 2,000 to 5,000 years) and can reach a height of around 35 to 100 feet.
Deadly Nightshade goes by several names such as Death Cherries, Atropa Belladonna, and Devil’s Berries. This dangerous plant contains toxic elements including scopolamine and atropine. Both the berries and the leaves are extremely poisonous, and many kids have been reportedly died from eating as few as two berries. Accidental ingestion of Deadly Nightshade may cause mild to severe effects. These include headache, confusion, hallucinations, constipation, rash, convulsions, blurred vision, loss of balance, sensitivity to light, slurred speech, dry mouth and throat, tachycardia (fast heartbeat) and urinary retention. This toxic plant is known to negatively affect the body’s involuntary activities such as breathing, sweating, and heart rate.