Black cohosh Cimicifuga racemosa is equally at home in the perennial border as it is in its shaded haunts in the eastern deciduous forest. Pre-colonial botanical observers in America couldn't help but notice the handsome, robust foliage, with the tall spikes of brilliant white flowers, waving like a flag to attract attention. Native American groups of eastern North America looked deeper than its obvious beauty, believing that the thick, knobby, resin-scented roots must hold medicinal value. Black cohosh fits into several categories including woodland wildflower, garden perennial, and medicinal herb. Backed by an intriguing botanical, horticultural, and medicinal history, a new generation of baby boomer women - at the steps of menopause - are discovering that this traditional Indian remedy for female conditions is emerging as a new treatment for symptoms associated with menopause, backed by modern clinical research. Black cohosh is a rising star on the herbal horizon.
Black Cohosh Root is also known by the names Bugbane, Bugwort, Cohosh, Rattle Root, Rattleweed, Richweed, and Squaw Root. Black Cohosh is native to North America. The genus name Cimicifuga is from the Latin "cimicus", meaning "insect", and "fugare", meaning "to drive away" (because the plant tends to drive away insects). "Black" refers to the dark colored rhizome, and "Cohosh" is an old Indian word meaning "dark". Native American Indians valued the herb and used it for many conditions, ranging from gynecological problems to rattlesnake bites. For this reason, it is sometimes called Black Snakeroot. Some nineteenth-century American physicians used Black Cohosh for problems such as fever, menstrual cramps, arthritis, and insomnia. Black Cohosh has been valued by many societies for its nutritional support for women. A popular herb for women, it helps restore healthy menses and soothes irritation & congestion of the cervix, uterus and vagina. Black Cohosh can also improve circulation and lower blood pressure by temporarily dilating blood vessels. Typically, the rhizome and root of the plant are used medicinally. Having effective amounts of calcium, potassium, magnesium and iron, Black Cohosh Root is also an abundant source of estrogenic substances. Commonly used to relieve arthritis, lower back pain and cramps caused by menstruation, Black Cohosh also relieves mucus production, thus easing persistent coughs caused by asthma, bronchitis and whooping cough. Additionally, Black Cohosh has been used to relieve swelling and soreness typical of rheumatism, and it is also known as safe sedative to relieve both nervousness and anxiety.
Sow seed in containers in an open frame in fall or spring. Grow in moderately fertile well-drained soil in sun or partial shade. For maximum freshness, please keep seed refrigerated in its original packaging until it is time to plant. Lon germination process.