Wild Indigo (Baptisia)

Botanical name

Baptisia tinctoria

Common Names

Wild Indigo, Yellow Indigo

Part supplied

Dried Root.

Food Use

Not known

Medicinal Use

Formerly known against typhoid as it is said to produce antibodies to counter typhus organisms. 

Key actions: Powerful antiseptic alterative. Anodyne. Anti-bacterial. Anti-viral. Anti-venomous. Mild cardio-active. Choleretic. Ciculatory stimulant. Emetic. Febrifuge for non-specific continued fevers arising from blood infection. Hepato-protective. Immune modulator. Laxative. Stimulant. Tonic. Haemostatic. Anti-neoplastic. Phagocytic. Vulnerary. 

In clinic: Herbalists use this herb to treat fevers and septic conditions, lymphatic infections with enlarged nodes or epidemic influenza with violent gastro-intestinal symptoms.

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.


Small doses are stimulant and large doses emetic.

Decoction: quarter to half a teaspoon of herb to a cup of cold water, bring to the boil and leave to sit for 20 minutes. Flavour with lemon, ginger or honey if desired. Drink 3 times a day unless otherwise told by a medical herbalist.

Tincture: Take 2 ml (1:3 tincture), 3 times a day or as directed by a practitioner.

Other Uses

Cosmetic Use

None known.

Other Uses

None known.



Large doses of this herb can cause vomiting and diarrhoea. Do not take if you are allergic to this plant or other members of this plant's family. Not all herbs are suitable in pregnancy, breastfeeding or for young children. If in doubt, please ask us or your medical herbalist.

Side effects

None known. Plant extracts cause few side effects when taken correctly but if a side effect is experienced please contact us.

Interactions with drugs

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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Wild Indigo

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