Black Cohosh is an herb that has become very popular over the last 10 years, thanks to health food stores and the Internet. This plant has medicinal qualities, that many women seem to praise. Women, this may be one of those important herbs, that you will want to keep near.
I’ve had the pleasure of seeing this plant growing in stately gardens and the flower really is a stunner. Something you may not know about this particular plant is, that it has a powerful odor, which can be used as an insect repellent.
This herb goes by other names such as Black Snakeroot and Squawroot. Many herbalist desire the rhizome of this plant, because it has various medicinal purposes. It’s known for being an old Indian remedy to assist with the pains of childbirth and menstrual cramps. It was also used as an effective snakebite remedy.
As I look through some of my older herbal books, I found that a tincture of the knotty rootstock, was used to treat rheumatism. Apparently, this plant has anti-inflammatory properties that may be useful for neuralgia. There is one warning to using this plant and that is to be very careful of your dosages. If black cohosh is used in large amounts, it may cause dizziness and symptoms of poisoning.
This plant loves to grow on hillsides and open areas. This herb can be easily found in Massachusetts and even down in Tennessee. It is a perennial, that can grow from 3 to 8 feet tall! One thing that you’ll notice about the rhizome is, that it’s a dark color. Black Cohosh makes for a great plant to be placed in your backyard around a statue.
The medicinal uses of this herb are as an antispasmodic, relaxant and sedative. If you buy an herbal product at a health food store, that is specifically for women’s issues, then you will most likely see Black Cohosh in the mixture.
I did find information online and in herbal manuals to support the possibility of Black Cohosh helping women with hypertension. In other words, if you’re a woman who is very irritable and nervous, this may be the herb for you. You have to be careful about where you buy your herbal remedies from, because they are not all created equal.
I look for companies that use cold processing, purity and focus on potency. One company has produced some of the greatest herbal products, I’ve ever personally used and that company is Nature’s Way. Before you use any all-natural herbal remedy please consult your physician first.
DeWayne Weaver learned how to garden from his grandfather and now he wants to share his herbal healing secrets with you at: http://www.rawfoodweightlossdiet.org.