Every Herb Has a Story: Black Cohosh

| 9/28/2011 10:37:35 AM

R.BureshRandy Buresh (Registered Nurse and Herbalist), is the co-owner and founder of Oregon’s Wild Harvest. Oregon’s Wild Harvest grows, harvests and produces their own medicinal herbal products, many of which use the herbs grown on their certified Biodynamic® and Organic farm in Sandy, Oregon. www.oregonswildharvest.com  

Black cohosh (Cimicifuga racemosa) grows in the wild from as far south as Florida, up to the Great Lakes, and centrally through the Ohio valley.

It is a conspicuous plant, which is easily found because of its tall stems and white flowers, reaching as high as 9 feet. The name “black” comes from the color of the root and “cohosh” refers to an Algonquin word meaning “rough.” Believe me, I have seen and worked with black cohosh roots, and the name fits!

Black cohosh growing on the farm.
Photo courtesy Randy Buresh

Although this plant has a long history, it was first written about and described as a favorite plant of the Native Americans as early as 1801. It’s interesting that when looking at the locations of most Native American settlements, the medicinal plants were always prevalent and grew in abundance in these areas.

The Native American tribes were living with the plants. This is something that we have lost—the connection with the plant world, and the understanding of how important this connection is to us. These plants were put on the earth for us to use, not only as a source of food and nourishment, but as a means to stay healthy and feel good.
Black cohosh has now become a very popular herb, and has been scientifically studied for supporting menopause. (Note: Although this herb seems to be very effective for treating the symptoms of menopause, it should NOT be considered a substitution for osteoporosis prevention, heart disease or other associated diseases associated with low estrogen.)

Subscribe today and save 58%

Subscribe to Mother Earth Living !

Mother Earth LivingWelcome to Mother Earth Living, the authority on green lifestyle and design. Each issue of Mother Earth Living features advice to create naturally healthy and nontoxic homes for yourself and your loved ones. With Mother Earth Living by your side, you’ll discover all the best and latest information you want on choosing natural remedies and practicing preventive medicine; cooking with a nutritious and whole-food focus; creating a nontoxic home; and gardening for food, wellness and enjoyment. Subscribe to Mother Earth Living today to get inspired on the art of living wisely and living well.

Save Money & a Few Trees!

Pay now with a credit card and take advantage of our earth-friendly automatic renewal savings plan. You’ll save an additional $5 and get six issues of Mother Earth Living for just $19.95! (Offer valid only in the U.S.)

Or, choose Bill Me and pay just $24.95.

Facebook Pinterest Instagram YouTube Twitter

Free Product Information Classifieds

click me