Bulk Mandrake Root Cut & Sifted, Wild Crafted

Podophyllum peltatum
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[ 497 ]Podophyllum peltatum

Mandrake Root Cut & Sifted, Wild Crafted

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Wild mandrake, also known as American mandrake, Indian apple and mayapple, is a member of the barberry family that inhabits the woodlands of eastern North America. It is classified as a spring emphemeral, which means that it emerges in early spring and undergoes a furious growth cycle but dies back to the ground when most other forest plants are reaching maturity in mid-summer.

Although all parts of the plant are toxic, Native Americans and early American settlers boiled the root to make topical infusions.

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approximate cups to one pound5
originunited states
active compoundsTropane alkaloids
plant part usedroot
processingcut & sifted
sustainabilitywild crafted

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general guidelines and tips

storage tipsKeep in a sealed container away from direct light, heat and humidity.
appearance & aromaTough and woody, without significant aroma.


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cosmeticMandrake root may be tinctured or decocted to make infusions for topical use.
industrialAmerican mandrake root is used in the pharmaceutical industry to produce wart creams and anticancer drugs.
safetyThis herb is for topical use only.

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Wild mandrake, also called American mandrake, is a perennial plant in the barberry family that naturally occurs in woodland settings throughout eastern North America. The plant readily establishes itself by colonizing along the forest floor via underground rhizome offshoots often referred to as runners. Because mandrake was once commonly used by various Native American tribes, the herb is known by many other common names including devil’s apple, racoonberry, wild lemon and umbrella plant. It is best known, however, as mayapple.

With the exception of the fruit, all parts of the plant are poisonous and even the former can only be tolerated in small doses without adverse side effects. The roots contain a plant lignan called podophyllotoxin, also known as podophyllin, podofilox or simply PPT. This compound is used in creams designed to interrupt cell division in warts, including those caused by human papillomavirus (HPV). It is also used to synthesize the chemotherapy agent etoposide.

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