Butterfly weed, indian paintbrush
Pleurisy produces a vast amount of nectar, attracting butterflies and giving it its common name.
The chopped root.
Use 1 teaspoon of dried herb to one cup of boiling water to make a tasty tea. Infuse for 5-10 minutes. Sweeten with honey or lemon to taste.
Alternatively add half a teaspoon (2.5 ml) of tincture to a cup of warm water for a quick alternative to tea.
The herb can be added as a flavouring to gin, vodka and other infusions.
Expectorant and antispasmodic used in respiratory infections to reduce inflammation and encourage expectoration.
Key actions: Expectorant, carminative, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, diaphoretic.
In clinic: Herbalists use this herb to treat pneumonia and pleurisy (inflammation of the pleuae- causing pain whilst breathing) as well as other infections involving influenza and bronchitis.
If you are interested in the medicinal use of this herb please consult a herbalist. Herbs are generally used at medicinal strength, in blends, prescribed for each unique patient's condition.
Infusion: About half a teaspoon to 1 of herb to a cup of cold water. Pour boiling water over the herb and leave to infuse for 5 to 10 minutes. Flavour with lemon, ginger or honey if desired. Drink 3 times a day unless otherwise told by a medical herbalist.
Tincture: Take 1 to 2 ml (1:5 in 45% tincture), 3 times a day or as directed by a practitioner.
This herb is considered safe in food amounts. Do not take if you are allergic to this plant or other members of this plant's family (Asclepiadaceae). Not all herbs are suitable in pregnancy, breastfeeding or for young children. If in doubt, please ask us or your medical herbalist.
None known. Plant extracts cause few side effects when taken correctly but if a side effect is experienced please contact us.
Interactions with drugs
May potentiate the effects of cardiac glycosides.
Herbal remedies and supplements can interact with medicines. If you are taking medication please check with your medical practitioner, or call us, before taking herbs, supplements and medication together.
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