Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Wild Medicinal: Squaw Root (Conopholis Americana) - The Key To Wilderness Women's Health

So I was on a walk the other day and I find something I haven't come across before. It's an odd looking 3-7" almost mushroom looking plant found almost exclusively under red oak trees in my area. So I do a little research and find that this little plant is commonly refereed to as Squaw Root because of all the medicinal benefits it provided for Native American women.

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Benefits Of This Wild Herb: This wild herb was introduced to the early American Settlers to ease childbirth, menstrual problems, facilitate childbirth and pelvic inflammation. Today this herb has been found to also help with bronchitis and rheumatism. Squaw Root is also an effective diuretic as it induces and increases the flow of urine and will help eliminate excess water in the system. The herb also promotes heavy perspiration, which will help eliminate toxins through the skin. As a mild expectorant, Squaw Root is still used today by herbalists to reduce congestion and help treat bronchitis. Squaw Root is a tonic that has been known to calm and improve nervous disorders. Squaw Root has been used to relieve muscle cramps, spasms and some epileptic seizures, hiccough (hiccup) and whooping cough. Squaw Root is an anti-inflammatory that helps to reduce the inflammation of rheumatism, arthritis and gout.
Vitiman and Mineral Makeup: Some of Squaw Root's constituents include beta-carotene, caulophyllin (its active principle), saponin, gum, starch, soluble resin, vital minerals (potassium, magnesium, calcium, iron, silicon and phosphorus, which help to alkalinize the blood and urine), B-vitamins and vitamin C.  The roots are used in herbal medicine.
Contraindications: Squaw Root should be used with caution and should be used only under the supervision of a physician.  Pregnant women should not use this herb until ready to deliver, as it is a uterine stimulant.  Squaw Root should not be taken for an indefinite period of time (a week at most is recommended) and should be avoided by patients with hypertension and heart disease.

Squaw Root Medicinal Tea:
1) Strip the above ground portion of the root of its outer bulges and outer skin
2) Chop the cleaned root into mid sized chunks
3) Place your root chunks (2 tea spoons worth) into the water (roughly 1 pint) and bring it to a slow boil (once at the boild back the heat down and allow the tea to steep.
4) Filter the root from the water using a filter lid and pour your tea into a long-term storage container to cool.
5) Once the tea has cooled to room temperature you may drink 2-3 tablespoons up to six time a day for up to a week. 

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Sometimes in life you inquisitive side allows you to get lucky whenever you find something in nature and its extremely helpful in everyday life. This past week was one of those days where I came across something I haven't used before, looked it up using every reference manual I had and the internet and came to the conclusion that the mystery plant was a helpful medicinal. Squaw Root was an excellent find for any female out there who may be dealing with issues while out int the wilderness. 
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