Poke Root Wild Crafted Cut & Sifted

Poke Root Wild Crafted Cut & Sifted

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American Poke Root (syn. Phytolacca decandra, P. americana L.), is a perennial shrub found in eastern North America and the Gulf Coast, although smaller populations also occur in the Midwest. The herb is known as chui xu shang lu in China and elsewhere by a long list of common names that includes Poke Sallet, Inkberry, Pokeberry, Pokebush, American Nightshade, Virginia Poke, Scoke and Pocan. That plant is characterized by deep purple stems that resemble rhubarb and dark blue-black berries. Like rhubarb, the leaf is toxic but the root is not.

Poke root is typically tinctured or used to make infused oils, salves and creams.

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quick look

information at a glance
approximate cups to one pound6
originunited states
active compoundsResin, Proteins, Triterpenoid saponins, Mucilage, lectins
plant part usedroot
processingcut & sifted
sustainabilitywild crafted

buying & keeping

general guidelines and tips
storage tipsStore in an airtight container in a cool, dark place.
appearance & aromaWoody and fibrous without significant aroma.


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cosmeticInfuse in oil or tincture for use in making salves, balms and creams.
culinaryTypically tinctured, but may also be prepared as tea.
safetyDo not use during pregnancy. Use in moderation – high doses may cause nausea, vomiting and respiratory distress.

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poke root

Poke root has an acrid, bitter flavor.

formulas & recipes

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what else you should know

poke root

Poke root, also known as Virginia poke and American pokeweed, is a perennial plant that is native to North America. It is readily recognized by its dark purple-black berries perched on tall, red stems that somewhat resemble rhubarb. Its various common names are derived from the Algonquian word pocan, which means, “blood red.”

Native Americans were familiar with the properties of this herb and commonly used poke root topically and internally to counter inflammation. Poke root owes its effects to the presence of several saponins referred to as phytolaccosides. Because the root also has a high mucilage content, it is sometimes used with slippery elm and similar herbs.

Background: Poke root has its roots in North America. It was once used by Native American peoples and by Europeans.  The berries of the plant were used as a dye.

Description: Poke root is a perennial plant that is native to North America. It is now found in the Mediterranean region as well. It has a reddish stem with green leaves and purple berries.

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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.