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Blue Cohosh root, cut & sifted – Dried Herb (bulk) (Caulophyllum thalictroides )


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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.

The scientific name, Caulophyllum thalictroides, describes the leaves of the plant that resemble Meadow Rue. Blue cohosh has also been called Blueberry Root which Refers to the deeply colored fruit produced by the plant at maturity. Other names used were Papoose Root and Squawroot by early settlers after seeing that Indigenous people employed the roots for a variety of medical purposes.

A root-infused tea was used to treat a variety of medical ailments among many different tribes. The Meskwaki tribe used it for treating genitourinary disorders. The Omaha tribe used the tea to break a fever. Pioneers used the plant in treatment for rheumatism, epilepsy, colic, and many other ailments. The flower was used to facilitate childbirth. For a week or two before the expected date of delivery, pregnant women would drink a tea infused with powdered Blue Cohosh roots.

The tea was believed to induce rapid and painless labor.  Blue Cohosh was also considered a powerful emmenagogue. Women of various tribes would use a root infused tea to suppress heavy menstrual flow, relieve cramps, and promote dropsical discharges. Blue cohosh is said to warm and dry the body and benefits women who experience amenorrhea (lack of menstruation) caused by being cold and damp.


The energetic and flavour of Blue Cohosh are Acrid, bitter, drying, and warming. Blue Cohosh root has an affinity toward the Uterus, Nervous system, and musculoskeletal system. Ask for assistance from a practitioner when combining Blue Cohosh in any formula.

How to use:

1 tsp of Blue Cohosh root to one cup of boiling water. Simmer for 15min, strain and drink up to three cups a day.

Cautions and contraindications:

Not for use during pregnancy except under the supervision of a qualified healthcare practitioner.
We recommend that you consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.



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 before 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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