Black Cohosh Root (Cimicifuga racemosa) 4oz/113g Herbal Tea - Maria Treben's Authentic™ Herbs of the World
Latin (botanical) name: Cimicifuga racemosa
Common names: Black Snake Root, Rattle Root, Squaw Root, Bugbane
Plant Description: The Black Cohosh plant can be found in the northern United States or Canada in shady woods. It typically grows to a height of three to four feet. Once blooming has completed, it is not uncommon for it to attain a total height of seven feet. The leaves of the plant are formed in groups of three with teeth-like edges. Flower color can range from a faint yellow to beige, and the odor produced is faint and generally undesirable. The root of Black Cohosh is thick, very hard, and cylindrical with knots. Its flower blooms in June or early July, but the plant is not harvested until late fall after the fruit has dried.
Use: Make a tea by pouring approximately 2 cups of boiling water over 2 heaped tsp of herb. Let steep for 3-5 minutes. In general, sip a cup before breakfast, and another 2 hours after dinner
Cautions & Interactions: Though there are no reports of toxic effects, Black Cohosh should not be taken during pregnancy. Do not confuse with Blue Cohosh which may have significant side effects.