Historically, black cohosh root was used by North American Indians for addressing women’s disorders, such as menses, menopause & perimenopause. It is also among the natural herbs that were used to promote kidney function. Nowadays, black cohosh root is typically used for premenstrual discomfort and pain associated with normal menstruation. This herb contains compounds known as triterpene glycosides. These substances are thought to increase blood flow to the pelvic area. Black cohosh is also used as a liver cleanser. It is rich in several vitamins and minerals. It also contains actein and salicylic acid, which have analgesic properties. All these constituents work together to bring you tea that is full of benefits, including many not even listed here!
TIP: Black cohosh was given the name “bugbane” because the flowers have such a strong odor, and have been used to effectively repel insects.
PLEASE NOTE: Pregnant and breastfeeding women should not take black cohosh root, and it should be avoided by cancer patients as well as those allergic to aspirin or other salicylate-containing drugs, unless recommended by a physician or professional naturopath.
To prepare as a tea: For the most therapeutic effect, we recommend making a decoction. Put 1 tbsp of roots in a small sauce pan. Cover the roots with 1 cup of water. Slowly heat to a simmer (be careful not to boil), cover for 10-30 minutes, then strain. You can initially put the roots in a tea strainer or filter, or put it straight into the pot and strain the roots afterwards. This makes a dark and rather bitter tasting tea that honey or other sweeteners can be added to. Can also be prepared as an infusion: Fill tea strainer or filter with 1 tbsp roots and place in a mug. Pour boiling water over roots until mug is full. Cover and steep 10-15 minutes; however, the effects might be less than that of a decoction. Drink 2 to 3 cups a day. Be sure to stay within the recommended doses. If any discomfort occurs, speak to your doctor immediately.
Black cohosh root can also be grated and put into capsules, or made into tinctures.
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These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Please consult with your doctor or midwife before taking herbs and supplements if pregnant or breastfeeding, or on any medications. For educational purposes only.