Herb of the Day: Baptisia


Baptisia (Baptisia tinctoria)

Baptisia (False Indigo)

This herb, also called wild indigo, was used by Native Americans and New World settlers as an antiseptic wash for wounds. It was used later as a treatment for Typhoid fever. There were many uses for Baptisia, including snake bites, a gargle for sore throats, high fevers and exhaustion.

Today, some herbalists use it internally and externally as an antiseptic and for aiding the immune system. It helps with intestinal infections, septic conditions (foul smelling ulcers in the mouth), acute fever and throat infections.

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