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Indigo (Wild)

Botanical: Baptisia tinctoria (R. BR.)
Family: N.O. Leguminosae

---Synonyms---Baptisia. Horse-fly Weed. Rattlebush. Indigo-weed. Sophora tinctoria (Linn.). Podalyria tinctoria (Michx.)
---Parts Used---Root, bark, leaves.
---Habitat---Dry hily woods from Canada to Carolia.


---Description---An herbaceous perennial which takes its name from the Greek Bapto (to dye); has a black woody root, yellowish internally with many rootlets; stem about 3 feet high smooth, glabrous, round, and branched; leaves, small, subsessile, alternate and palmately trifoliate; leaflets rounded at end; calyx four-cleft; flowers, yellow, blooming August and September, in small loose terminal racemes. Legume short, bluish-black seeds, subreniform.

---Constituents---The root is non-odorous and of a nauseous acrid taste, containing gum, albumen, starch, a yellowish resin and a crystalline substance.

---Medicinal Action and Uses---Used internally in form of decoction or syrup in scarlatina, typhus, and in all cases where there is a tendency to putrescency; it is purgative, emetic, stimulant, astringent, and antiseptic, principally used for its antiseptic qualities.

---Dosage---Of the decoction, 1 tablespoonful. Fluid extract, 1/4 to 1/2 drachm. Baptisin, 1 to 3 grains.

Purchase from Mountain Rose Herbs
Wild Indigo Root

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Wild Indigo (Baptisia tinctoria) Seeds

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