Botonical Name: Cimicifuga racemosa
- Also, known as: Black snakeroot, Bugbane, Bugwort, Rattleweed, Rattleroot, Squawroot, Snakeroot, Jiuenti
Habitat: North America, Himalayas around 4000 meters
Origin: North America
Parts Used: Root
Black cohosh is a perennial herb that grows up to 9 ft., with irregular leaves, spike covered with creamy white flowers and large knotty roots and also having some short roots.
The plant produces a stout, blackish rhizome cylindrical, hard and knotty bearing the remains of numerous stout ascending branches. Once the leaves died and the fruits formed, roots are collected and dried in pieces. It has only a faint, disagreeable odor, but a bitter and acrid taste.
In Latin cimicifuga means " to drive away" , named because some species are used to drive away bugs and other insects.
Black cohosh is not related to Blue cohosh.
How to use:
There are different ways to use powdered herb.
Food Preparation: You can add powdered herb to any super food herbal smoothie, sauces, spreads and even cookies. Also for children, you can mix powdered herb with honey or glycerin to make paste. The thicker the paste, the more potent and herbal in taste. The sweet taste of honey and glycerin will help medicine go down. This method is also known as "Electuaries".
Capsules: Encapsulating your own powdered herb at home, gives you assurance that the contents of the capsules are pure herb and no filler or any other products. These capsules can be taken with liquid.
Poultice: Poultice can be made with an herbal powder and liquid (mostly water) to form a paste which is then applied to the skin. This method is very helpful for skin conditions.
Herbal shot: Powdered herb can be mixed with water, fruit juice or other liquid to make herbal shot.
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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