Wild Indigo Root Cut & Sifted, Wild Crafted

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Wild Indigo, also known as Horsefly Weed, American Indigo, Rattlebush and Baptisia Root, is a member of the pea family native to the eastern U.S. Despite the name, and the fact that wild indigo does yield a natural dye, it is considered inferior to true indigo from species of Indigofera.

The root of the plant is traditionally tinctured or decocted to produce teas and infusions. Due to the presence of certain isoflavones and polysaccharides, this herb should be used in moderation and not at all during pregnancy or if there is a history of an autoimmune disorder.

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approximate cups to one pound7
originunited states
active compoundsFlavonoids, Alkaloids, Isoflavones, Polysaccharides, Coumarins
plant part usedroot
processingcut & sifted

buying & keeping

general guidelines and tips

storage tipsKeep in a tightly sealed container in a cool, dry place.
appearance & aromaWoody and fibrous, without remarkable aroma.


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cosmeticTincture in alcohol for use topically to address wounds, ulcerationss and other skin irritations.
culinaryDecoct to make teas and tonics. Wild indigo root may also be tinctured.
safetyDo not use during pregnancy. Nausea and vomiting may occur with high dosages. Use of this herb for more than three weeks is not recommended. People with autoimmune disorders should avoid this herb.

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Combine wild indigo root with echinacea root when making teas, tonics and tinctures.

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Has a bitter, acrid taste.

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wild indigo root

Wild indigo is a member of the pea family that naturally occurs throughout the Midwestern United States. The plant, once commonly used to make a blue dye, was introduced to European settlers by Native Americans, who were familiar with the herb’s properties.

The immune-modulating effects of wild indigo root are due to the presence of various polysaccharides, which stimulate the production of macrophages and enhances natural resistance to pathogens. However, this action may be detrimental to people with autoimmune disorders who struggle with chronic inflammation.

Applied topically, wild indigo preparations have an antiseptic effect. The root is also taken internally prepared as tea or tincture. It is traditionally combined with echinacea, goldenseal or Oregon grape root.

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This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.
This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

please be advised: 
Before making any changes to your diet you should always consult with your doctor,
especially if you are pregnant, nursing or have existing conditions.