Other names: Lucerne?
Scientificn name: Baptisia tinctoria
Common names: yellow broom, horsefly weed
Chinese names: Lan-ts’ao
Arabic names: النيلي البرية (annili al barriyyah)
Rain Forest names:
Approximate number of species known:
Common parts used: Root
Collection: In the autumn, after the flowering has stopped? Reword
Height: 2 to 3 feet
Actions: Alterative anti-catarrhal, anti-microbial, febrifuge, hepatic
Known Constituents: Alkaloids, glycosides, oleo-resin
The wild indigo is of several species of closely related genus. Wild indigo has blackish and woody roots, a perennial plant, sends up a stem which is very much branched, round, smooth and from 2-3 feet high. The leaves are rounded at the extremity, small, clover-like and alternate. The bright yellow, pea-like, flowers appear in July and August. The fruit is a bluish-black color in the form of an oblong pod. Any portion of the plant, when dried, yields a blue dye which is not equal in value to indigo
It has been used for the immune system and the skin. In cases of throat infections it has been used as a mouthwash, also as a mouthwash for ulcers and gingivitis. It is used primarily in the treatment of infections partciluary in the sinuses. Sometimes used to help the lympahtic system, and to bring down the body temperaturein fevers.