Butterfly Weed


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Butterfly Weed


Latin Name: asclepias tuberosa
Alternative Name: pleurisy root, silkweed, tuber root, colic root, canada root, flux root, milkweed
Forms Available: root, flower, leaf

Butterfly Weed – asclepias tuberosa – this plant is also known as “pleurisy root”: it is considered to have expectorant qualities that loosen and remove phlegm as well as relieving the pain of pleurisy by reducing the inflammation of the pleural membranes. The roots are also used in a poultice to relieve bruising, wounds, and swellings.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: A well used plant in the treatment of pleurisy: loosens and removes phlegm, reduces pleural membrane inflammation.


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