Blue Cohosh Root Cut


Botanical Name: Caulophyllum thalictroides

Common Name:

  • English: Papoose root, Squaw root
  • Also, known as: Pappoose root, Squawroot, Blue ginseng, Yellow ginseng, Blueberry root

Origin: USA

Harvested: Cultivated

Parts Used: Root

General Information:

Caulophyllum thalictroides is a handsome perennial plant, growing in rich, moist, soil in swamps and near running streams, smooth and Glaucous. The plant Is 2-4 feet in height, purple when young with 1-3-inch-long leaves. It has a couple of seeds about the size of a large pea and yellowish-green flowers. The seeds are sometimes roasted and boiled in water and given as decoction resembling coffee. Its active principle is Caulophyllum.

The roots are hard, thick, irregular, knotty, contorted caudex, several inches long, with long, slender radicals up to 8-inch long. The roots are yellowish-brown externally and whitish to yellow internally. It is sweetish bitter in taste in the beginning and then acrid and pungent with a slightly pungent odor.

How to use:       

Decoctions are suitable for roots, barks, large seeds & berries, and other dense material. The simple way to make decoction is, in a saucepan, add 1 tablespoon of dried herbs to 1 cup of water. Bring the water to boil, reduce heat and simmer for 30-60 minutes. Strain and squeeze out as much as liquid as possible and enjoy!


  • You can sweeten your herbal decoctions with a bit of honey, natural fruit juice, stevia leaves powder and or licorice root powder.


You should consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using any herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.

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