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Black Cohosh, Root (Actaea racemosa) – Dried Herb, Organic


SKU: 12114

Black Cohosh is named after its twisting, black Root that somewhat resembles a snake. Native to many parts of Canada and central and eastern North America, the herbaceous, flowering perennial likes to grow in woodland habitats. It thrives in old-growth coastal forests and regions of considerable biodiversity. The plant grows between 3-6 feet tall, with a stem that is clustered with tiny white flowers. The root is best collected between late July and September.

It was a favourite herbal remedy for Native Americans. The name Cohosh is from the Algonquian tribe and means “rough”, referring to the feel of the rhizome. It was given the name “Bugbane” because the flowers have such a strong odour and have been used to effectively repel insects. Other common names include Black Snakeroot and Rheumatism Weed.

The Cherokee used alcoholic spirits of the roots for the treatment of rheumatism; also as a tonic, diuretic, anodyne, emmenagogue and for its slight astringent activity. Root tea was used to treat colds, cough, consumption, constipation, fatigue, hives, rheumatism, backache and to make a baby sleep.

Black Cohosh became a popular treatment for women’s health issues in Europe in the mid-1950s. It has been used to treat hormone-related symptoms, including premenstrual syndrome (PMS), menstrual cramps, and menopausal symptoms.


Black Cohosh taste and energetics are bitter, sharp, spicy, acrid and astringent. Black Cohosh has an affinity to the endocrine system, nervous system and musculoskeletal system. For menopausal symptoms combine Black Cohosh with Motherwort, Blue Vervain, Sage, Vitex or Eleuthero. For calming the nervous system combine Black Cohosh with Valerian, Hops, Oat seed or California poppy.

How to use:

Add 1 teaspoon of Black Cohosh to one cup of boiling water. Simmer for 15 to 20 minutes, strain, and drink up to 3 cups per day. 

Cautions & contraindications:

Occasional stomach pain or intestinal discomfort has been reported. Do not use long term.

This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any disease or illness. Please consult your health care provider prior to the use of this product if you are pregnant, nursing, taking medications or have a medical condition. Individual results may vary.


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