Wild Yam Root (Dioscorea Villosa) 4oz/113g Herbal Tea - Maria Treben's Authentic™ Herbs of the World
Latin (botanical) name: Dioscorea Villosa
Common names: Yam, Wild Yam, Dioscorea, Colic Root, Rheumatism Root, Wilde Yamwurzel
Plant Description: Wild Yam is a perennial, twining vine found in the United States in Florida, Texas, and north to Rhode Island and Minnesota. Its knotty, contorted, reddish-brown stem can grow as long as 18 feet. The slender, ligneous root-stock is twisted, crooked, and laterally branched. The leaves of the Wild Yam are ovate and cordate, 2-6 inches long, with a soft fuzz underneath the somewhat thick and glabrous upper surface. Around June and July, Wild Yam blooms with greenish-yellow flowers drooping in panacles. It's fruit is winged seeds encompassed by a capsule.
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: Keep out of reach of children.