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Botanical Name: Caulophyllum thalictroides

Common Names: Papoose Root, Squawroot, Blue Ginseng, Yellow Ginseng


Blue cohosh is a woodland plant in the same family as barberry, goldenseal, and Oregon grape root, native to the eastern United States and Canada. The word cohosh is from Algonquian and means rough, which refers to the root. The stem is bluish, which is where the rest of the name comes from. It was widely used by midwives both among Native Americans and American settlers in the nineteenth century to induce labor, and to treat menstrual cramps in women and stomach cramps in both sexes. The Iroquois used it to treat arthritis; the Mohegan to treat urinary tract infections, and the Cherokee used it as a tranquilizer. Other Native American uses include a root infusion lung problems and fever.

Blue cohosh stimulates uterine activity. It can stop menstrual cramping, initiate menstruation when periods are missed, induce labor, or prevent implantation of the fertilized egg into the lining of the uterus during the first 24 hours after intercourse. It is also used to prevent excessive menstrual flow, relieve abdominal cramping, and to treat headache and seizures. As an analgesic, blue cohosh is about 50% more effective than aspirin.


Magical/ Occult: Even though the two Cohosh plants are not at all related botanically, magically they can be used interchangeably or mixed together in spell-work. We have been told that if a house, car, or clothing has been jinxed, it may be first cleansed with Chinese Wash, and then blue cohosh tea may be added to the rinse water to take off any remaining mess.

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Blue Cohosh

SKU: blue
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