Unfortunately I cannot for the life of me remember where I read this or even what herb it was. I thought it was belladonna, but I haven't been able to find anything that sounds similar to what I remember. I've searched the entries for belladonna in Rodale's Illustrated Encyclopedia of Herbs, Herbs and Things, and on Botanical.com and Wikipedia, and done google searches for various combinations of "belladonna poisonous women" "deadly nightshade poisonous women," "deadly nightshade lore" "poisonous women" etc but haven't found what I'm looking for.
So does anyone happen to have heard this legend or know what herb I'm talking about? And if there was a certain name for the poisonous herb-eating women? And also if it was just a myth or something that was purported to actually happen and sailors were warned away from them or something.
Thank you for your help!