2740Re: Pleurisy Root - Butterfly Weed
- Jul 1, 2008Isn't that interesting! I just came across seeds for butterfly weed,
or pleurisy root, and bought some mainly for the healing properties
and the umbel-like, beneficial insect attracting flowers. Haven't
had time to either look it up or plant it yet. (Thank you, Daniel,
for finding these useful links!) Has anyone grown and/or used this
herb? Are the seeds poisonous in raw form?
Pluerisy is an inflammation of the lining of the lungs, such as
pneumonia, causing a buildup of fluids in the lungs.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, daniel wildman <spiderman18102@...>
> Hello All: I came across this Pleurisy Root - Butterfly Weed
can be used for both medical an food use, which I was not aware of. I
do know that the catterpillar of the Monarch Butterfly
> From what I understand is toxic, but the catterpiller does not seemto be effected by the toxion, I found out there are 2 birds, 5 mice,
and possibly some insect/spiders able to eat the monarch's
larvae/catterpiller/butterfly. "We don't know much about the insect
> Monarch Butterfly Information:eat monarchs. We don't know how they deal with the toxins.See the
> "Briefly, many insects (stink bugs, wasps, ambush bugs are some)
Monarch Watch homepage. We have a good section on this."
> "The two bird species that eat monarchs in the Mexicanoverwintering colonies have probably evolved to be able to tolerate
the toxins, and this is apparently true of the mice as well. Of five
species of mice that are common around the overwintering sites in
Mexico, only one eats monarchs
> "Also known as pleurisy root, Native Americans chewed on the rootof the butterfly weed, which was used as a remedy for pleurisy, a
lung ailment. Apparently the pod can be eaten if it is boiled twice
in fresh water,"
> For more information about the Milkweed:medcial action and uses
> "Some species are known to be toxic."
> For futher Information Pleurisy Root being used for food and
> Pleurisy RootColic Root. Orange Milkweed.
> Pleurisy Root
> Botanical: Asclepias tuberose (LINN.)
> Family: N.O. Asclepiadaceae
> Synonyms---Butterfly-weed. Swallow-wort. Tuber Root. Wind Root.
> Part Used---Root.crude sugar from the flowers and eat the young seed-pods, after
> Food use:"The Western Indians boil the tubers for food, prepare a
boiling them, with buffalo meat. Some of the Canadian tribes use the
young shoots as a potherb, after the manner of asparagus.
> Medicinal Action and Uses---"Antispasmodic, diaphoretic,expectorant, tonic, carminative and mildly cathartic."
> Thank You Daniel
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