Milkwort Root Whole


Botanical Name:  Radix Polygalae

Common Name:

  • English:  Milkwort, dwarf milkwort European Bitter Polygala, European Senega Snakeroot, Evergreen Snakeroot, Flowering Wintergreen, Little Pollom, Polygala amara, Polygala Amère, Polygale Amer, Snakeroot. 
  • Also, known as: Thinleaf Milkwort, 远志, yuǎn zhì, Gorki krestušac, krestušica gorka, krestušica krstašica, 
  • Czech: Vítod hořký
  • Danish: Bitter mælkurt
  • French: Polygala amer
  • German: Bitteres Kreuzblümchen, Sumpf-Kreuzblume
  • Hungarian: Keserű pacsirtafű
  • Italian: Poligala amara
  • Polish: Krzyżownica gorzka
  • Romanian: Amăreală
  • Russian: Istod gor’kiy (истод горький)
  • Slovak: Horčinka horká
  • Slovenian: Grenka grebenuša
  • Spanish: Polígala amarga, hierba de leche amarga
  • Swedish: Bittert jungfrulin, bitter fagelört

Origin: China

Harvested: Cultivated, As a farm corp

Parts Used: Root         

General Information:

Bitter milkwort scientifically known as Polygala amara is a flowering plant belonging to Polygalaceae family, whose blossoms and roots can be used as medicine. It is also known as Milkwort, dwarf milkwort , European Bitter Polygala, European Senega, Evergreen Snakeroot, Flowering Wintergreen, Little Pollom, Polygala amara, Polygale Amer and Snakeroot. The plant is native to many parts of the globe especially in temperate zones and the tropics of Europe, Asia and also in South America and Africa. The genus name Polygala comes from the ancient Greek “much milk”, as the plant was thought to increase milk yields in cattle. The roots have a scent that is similar to wintergreen.

How to use:

Powdered Herb:

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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