Blue Cohosh Root Cut & Sifted, Wild Crafted

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Blue cohosh is a member of the barberry family. Because it was historically used to address various feminine complaints, northeastern Native Americans called it squaw root. The dried root is most commonly prepared as a tincture or extract.

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approximate cups to one pound4
originunited states
active compoundsAlkaloids, including the Lupin-type alkaloids Caulophylline, Methylcytosine, Anagyrine, Baptifoline and Magnoflorine. Saponins such as Caulosaponi, and Resin.
plant part usedroot and rhizome
processingcut & sifted
sustainabilitywild crafted

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general guidelines and tips

storage tipsStore in an airtight container in a cool, dark place.
appearance & aromaFibrous and woody, without noticeable scent.


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safetyMay produce estrogenic effects and act on uterine and heart blood vessels.

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blue cohosh root

Bitter flavor, but not generally used in cooking.


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blue cohosh root

Blue cohosh has a long history of use for various purposes, many of which align with the Doctrine of Signatures and the appearance of the branched root that resembles limbs in spasm. Because blue cohosh root was commonly used by Native Americans to address female complaints, the herb is also known as squaw root or papoose root. Other common names for blue cohosh include blueberry root, blue ginseng and beechdrops.

Blue cohosh is the only plant that contains a glycoside known as caulosaponin, which is responsible for the pharmacological effects of the root. Due to possible adverse effects, seek advice from a qualified health care practitioner before using if you have a history of heart disease or high blood pressure. Do not use blue cohosh during pregnancy without the guidance of a medical professional experienced in the administration of this herb.

Description: Blue Cohosh is a perennial plant native to Eastern North America and found near streams and swamps. It features yellow-green flowers with six petals, a fleshy stalk and pea-sized dark blue berries.

Safety: Blue Cohosh should only be used under medical supervision. It can be irritating to the mucous membranes and can cause contact dermatitis. Blue Cohosh should be avoided by anyone with high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, glaucoma or a history of stroke. Do not take Blue Cohosh if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

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