Yellow Henbane (Hyoscyamus) is a herb from family Solanaceae that grows to a height of about 40 to 50 cm. The plant grows vertically, although it often appears bushy because of its woolly light green stems and fruits. The soft flowers are light, the seeds are usually white but are sometimes grey. The plant thrives in coastal areas, it is found primarily in Mediterranean region of southern Europe.
Yellow henbane holds a special place as the most commonly used magical and medicinal plant of European antiquity. Both alone and in combination with other teaching herbs, the seeds were burned and deliberately inhaled as ritual incense. The leaves were also used as an additive to wine. In Morocco, common wisdom is that even a very small amount will produce hallucinations. Hyoscyamus albus has been characterized as a species with great medicinal value throughout history. The founder of medicine Hippocrates highly praised the medicinal use of henbane. Under his direction in ancient Greece, seeds were added to wine as a treatment for fever, tetanus, and gynecological ailments. In ancient Greece, Hyoscyamus albus was well known to produce dramatic alterations of consciousness.