Latin Name: tradescantia sp., tradescantia virginiana
Alternative Name: virginia spiderwort
Forms Available: leaf, flower

Spiderwort – tradescantia sp. – Used by Native American Indians to treat cancer. The roots and leaves, mashed or in a poultice, can be applied externally to insect stings and bites. The roots have laxative properties. They have also been used, in a tea, to treat stomachaches, female issues and kidney complaints.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: The root can be used in a tea to treat stomachaches, as a laxative, and to relieve female issues. Applied, externally in a poultice, to treat insect bites and stings.

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