Pleurisy Root c/s
Botanical Name - Asclepias tuberosa
Other Names - Butterfly Weed, Orange Swallow-wort, Silkweed
Origin - USA
Flavor Profile - Woody in flavor. Combine with other herbs to enhance taste when preparing as tea.
Culinary Usages - Typically used to make extracts and tinctures. May also be prepared as tea.
Pleurisy is a North American species of milkweed readily recognized by its bright orange flower buds, which open in fall and provide food for Monarch butterflies. Fiber from the plant, including the roots, were used by Native Americans to make rope.
Pleurisy root is harvested in spring and used to make extracts and tinctures. However, due to the presence of cardiac glycosides, the herb should not be used during pregnancy or while breastfeeding, or by anyone with a history of heart disease or taking stimulant medications.
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