So for the least week of the herb challenge, I thought I’d do an herb that I know little about: Pleurisy Root!
Pleurisy Root, also known as butterfly weed, is a beautiful perennial wildflower that blooms in mid-summer to early fall. The corymbs of flowers are a gorgeous deep orange, sometimes yellow. The plant grows from one to three feet tall, and the stems are coarse, and for the most part don’t branch off. The leaves are dark green, three to five inches long, and shaped like a lance. They clasp onto the stem at their base, and are placed alternately around the stem. When the plant is injured, it does not bleed any milky latex like the rest of the milkweed family does. Pleurisy Root is native to the eastern and central North America (if you want to see a picture, here are some good ones).
The part used is the dried (don’t use fresh) root.
You can make a tea with it for colds and flu, asthma, and rheumatism. It acts as a carminative, diaphoretic, and diuretic.
If you’re wondering where to buy Pleurisy Root, here is a good spot!
I enjoyed this herb challenge a lot, what did you think of it? I learned so much. For my fellow students, I hope you enjoy the rest of your summer break, and I look forward to writing the next post!