• Not to be used during pregnancy.
  • All others should exercise caution in dosing.
  • Overdoses can be fatal.

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(Podophyllum peltatum)
Common names: Alraun, American Mandrake, Anthropomorphon, Baaras, Brain Thief, Circeium, Cirocoea, Devil's Apple, Duck's Foot, Gallows, Herb of Circe, Hog Apple, Indian Apple, Ladykins, Madragen, Mannikin, Mayapple, Raccoonberry, Semihomo, Umbrella Plant, Wild Lemon, Womandrake.


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Parts Used: Root (rhizome). Methods Used: Water extraction.

Spiritual Uses: Mandrake is linked to wealth and is often an ingredient in Prosperity incenses.

Sit a piece of it on your money to attract more money.

Medieval women regarded the root as a fertility charm.

Physical Uses: American Mandrake, a member of the Barberry family of herbs, is native to the moist open meadows of eastern North America. Native Americans introduced this variety to Europeans.

Used to treat incontinence, intestinal worms (it is a powerful laxative), and warts, it is also considered to be a general tonic.

Should always be used with other herbs such as Senna (Cassia senna) or Blackroot (Veronicastrum) to mediate its effects.



  1. Boil 1 pint of water.
  2. Add 1 teaspoonful of chopped and bruised root. Stir and cover.
  3. Continue to gently boil the water/herb mixture for hour.
  4. Strain out herb and discard.
  5. Dosage: 1 teaspoon.


  1. Place 2 cups of distilled water into a saucepan.
  2. Add cup of chopped Mandrake Root until it is reduced to a sticky brown salve.
  3. Apply the salve ONLY to the surface of the warts for 15-20 minutes. (This will burn.)
  4. After the elapsed time, wash off the salve.
  5. Continue to apply weekly until the warts are gone.


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