01.
Pleurisy: A Bit of Botany
a little botanical information on pleurisy

description
Asclepias tuberosa is a perennial plant of the Apocynaceae family. The plant reaches modest heights of 0.3–1 meter (1 ft 0 in–3 ft 3 in) tall, and clustered orange or yellow flowers that bloom from early summer through to early fall. The leaves are spirally arranged and lanceolate. They are usually approximately 5–12 cm long and 2–3 cm broad.

common names & nomenclature
Pleurisy is commonly known as Butterfly Weed, as pleurisy's color and its copious production of nectar attract butterflies. It is indeed the larval food plant of the Queen and Monarch butterflies.

Also known as:
chigger flower, silkweed, butterfly weed

Pleurisy, the banquet for butterflies
02.
Pleurisy: Where in the World
habitat and range for pleurisy

Asclepias tuberosa is a species of milkweed native to eastern North America.

03.
Pleurisy: Cultivation & Harvesting
considerations for growing and harvesting pleurisy

climate
Pleurisy requires full sun. The plant grows on the sides of roads or in dry, sandy, gravelly or grassy places.

soil
Prefers dry, sand or gravel soil or the soil on the edges of stream.

growing
Plants should be pot-grown from seed and planted out in their permanent locations when young. Pleurisy doesn’t grow well from division.

harvesting
The root is harvested in the autumn and can be used fresh or dried.

preserving
Store dried pleurisy root pieces in an airtight container in a cool, dry place.

04.
Pleurisy: The Rest of the Story
pleurisy history, folklore, literature, & more

pleurisy promotes health
If someone told you to take pleurisy to heal your respiratory problems, it might seem a little strange. But pleurisy is actually the name of an herb that’s used to treat respiratory problems, hence its name. And while it’s a great herb for treating problems with the lungs, you can use it for some other health conditions.

Pleurisy is a root that’s native to North America and has been used for thousands of years by Native Americans to treat health conditions. It’s still used in the Americas for treating respiratory problems, but isn’t as widely used worldwide.

Of course pleurisy root can be used to treat pleurisy itself. In fact, it is very good at treating pain and reducing the inflammation of the lung tissues when you suffer from pleurisy. It can also help to thin the mucus so that when you do cough, you actually help to move fluid out of the lungs.

Often when people suffer from pleurisy or another type of respiratory infection, they feel a painful tightness. Pleurisy root can help to loosen the tightness you feel and bring relief.

Pleurisy root can also treat problems in the digestive system. If you have problems with chronic diarrhea, you may want to add pleurisy root to your daily routine. It can help to promote a healthy bowel system that will allow you to become more regular. Pleurisy root can also be used as a companion treatment for dysentery.

When you have a fever, pleurisy root can help to bring relief. It promotes sweating so that your body’s natural cooling system can get to work. You’ll feel the heat evaporate away as your body returns to a more normal temperature.

Pleurisy root is usually taken as a tincture or as a tea. You’ll want to use it two or three times a day to get the most benefit from it. While pleurisy is safe when used correctly, you’ll want to avoid it if you’re pregnant. You’ll also want to make sure you don’t take too much. An overdose of pleurisy root can cause you to vomit.

If you’re looking for a solution to treat your problems with painful pleurisy or you feel like you need a good fever remedy, pleurisy is a great choice. If you suffer from chronic diarrhea, you may also want to give pleurisy root a shot at treating your symptoms. Pleurisy root is a natural remedy that promotes good health.