• Not to be used during pregnancy.
  • May cause nausea and vomiting.

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(Asclepias tuberosa)
Common names: Butterfly Weed, Canada Root, Flux Root, Orange Swallow Wort, Silkweed, Swallow Wort, Tuber Root, White Root, Wind Root.
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Parts Used: Root. Methods Used: Water extraction.
Spiritual Uses: This herb is one of the ceremonial herbs of the Appalachian tribes. Some tribes brewed a strong version of the tea that was intended to produce vomiting during certain rituals.

Physical Uses: This plant is named for the condition it is believed to relieve.

An infusion of Pleurisy Root is used to encourage perspiration, clear the breathing passages, and relieve difficult breathing.

It has also been considered useful for fevers, rheumatism, and dysentery.

Sometimes it was mixed with cayenne and administered to head off a cold.

In small doses, it was an acceptable children's remedy.

Native Americans chewed the dried root or brewed a tea to treat pneumonia and bronchitis.

Powdered root mixed with a small amount of water was made into a salve to spread onto sores to heal them.



  1. Boil 1 cup of water. Allow to stand for 30 seconds.
  2. Add one teaspoonful of chopped and bruised or powdered root. Stir briefly and cover.
  3. Allow to steep for hour. (To induce vomiting, a stronger tea than this was required.)
  4. Strain out and discard herb.
  5. Dosage:
    1. Children - Depending upon body weight, administer 1-5 drops of the tea in a small amount of hot water every 2 hours.
    2. Adults -- The dose can be as much as 30 drops, administered every 3 hours.
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