Blue Cohosh Root
Blue cohosh root shares its name with the black variety, but little else. Although both are members of the order ranunculales, Blue Cohosh Root– which goes by the scientific name of caulophyllum thalictroides– is a member of the beriberidaceae family along with various blueberry-like species such as bilberry and huckleberry (“black” cohosh is actually part of the buttercup family).
Blue Cohosh Root is primarily used as a diuretic as an aid to menstruation, as the compound calulopsonin which is contained in blue cohosh root is known to promote uterine contractions; North American Indians employed it to induce labor.
Caulophyllum thalictroides powder can be taken in capsule form. Traditionally however, sliced blue cohosh root is commonly prepared as a tincture, meaning that it is soaked in grain alcohol in order to extract the medinicinal compound.
Because of its abortifacient properties, pregnant women should avoid blue cohosh root until the ninth month of pregnancy. Substances which are labeled as “herbs” (many of which are leaves, flowers, roots and seeds as well) are often perceived as harmless, but in fact, such bulk organic herbs should be used as cautiously as pharmaceutical drugs. Dried herbs such as caulophyllum thalictroides can have interactions and side effects, and can be harmful if not used judiciously.
Only available as a 1lb bag