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Wild Indigo - Baptisia tinctoria. Indigoweed, Wild Indigo

Wild Indigo

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Biological Name: Baptisia tinctoriaWild Indigo

Family: Leguminosae

Other Names: Indigoweed, Wild Indigo

Elements Applied: Root is commonly applied in herbal medicine

Active Components:

  • Flavonoids
  • Isoflavones; biochanin A, genistein, etc
  • Alkaloids likecytisine
  • Polysaccharides
  • Coumarins

Used For: The herb is known to treat bacterial infections and relieve inflammations.

Wild Indigo is applied to relieve local infections. It may be used for ear inflammations, throat and nose infections. Additionally, it is beneficial for sinus and nasal inflammatory conditions, pharyngitis, tonsillitis, and laryngitis. Applied as a mouthwash and as an oral remedy, the herb is used for healing gingivitis, mouth sores, and regulating pyorrhea. If used regularly, it can aid in treating lymphatic gland inflammations and enlargement, as well as decrease fevers. As a topical remedy the herb is spread over sore nipples and infectious sores to help heal them. Used as a douche the remedy may ease leucorrhoea.

Commonly mixed with: To cure bacterial infections the herb is combined with Myrrh or Echinacea. To relieve lymph node inflammations, it is used in conjunction with Poke Root and Cleavers.

Preparation and Intake: To prepare a decoction, take a half to a teaspoon of dry root extract for a cup of water, boil it up and keep on low heat for ten to fifteen minutes. The result is taken thrice per day.

In form of tincture the herb is applied at a dose of 1 ml thrice per day.

Safety: There is no data concerning the herb’s safety level. It is possible that the plant interacts with the medicine you use. Speak to your health-care provider before using the remedy.