? True Unicorn root – Aletris farinosa
Other names include Colic root, Devils bit, Stargrass, Black-root, Crow corn & Blazing Star. Should not be confused with False Unicorn Root (Helonias luteum or Chamaelirium luteum) as they have different properties and uses.
Aletris is a low growing perennial wildflower, like a tall grass, with tiny urn shaped blossoms sprouting in a cluster from a sturdy stem. Surviving in a wide range of environments from thick forests to wide open fields. Aletris enjoys full sun and sandy soil. Native to Eatern & North America.
True Unicorn Root is classed as rare and thought to be at risk, due to the destruction of its habitat.
The rhizomes are harvested, dried and made into a tincture.
Traditionally used for Centuries to support women’s reproductive health – including menstrual dysfunction & Infertility. Native Americans have used it to support women with a history of miscarriage as well as treating colic, dysentery & gastrointestinal problems.
N.B. large doses the fresh root may lead to nausea, vomiting & diarrhoea; or potentially have a narcotic effect. These properties are lost when dried.
?️ Anodyne (pain relieving)
?️ Bitter / digestive tonic
?️ Uterine tonic
?️ Toning the Uterus
?️ Supportive of Menstrual Disorders such as Dysmenorrhoea & Amenorrhoea
?️ Support issues with Infertility
?️ Relieve stomach ache & flatulence
?️ Relieve Colic
?️ Relieve Dysentery
?️ Tone the stomach
?️ Relieve dyspepsia
?️ To treat Hysteria
?️ Induce appetite
?️ Support Anorexia
If you would like to know if True Unicorn Root could benefit you or your families health, reach out to your Naturopath or Herbalist today.
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