(Natural Herbs) Indian Pipe

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Indian Pipe Scientific Names and Common Names,Indian Pipe Biochemical Information,Uses,Warning,Where Found,Parts Usually Used,Indian Pipe Description of Plant(s) and Culture,Medicinal Properties.

(Natural Herbs) Indian Pipe


Common Names | Parts Usually Used | Plant(s) & Culture | Where Found | Medicinal Properties
Legends, Myths and Stories | Uses | Formulas or Dosages | Warning | Bibliography

Scientific Names

Monotropa uniflora L. Heath family

Common Names

Bird’s nest
Bird’s nest root
Convulsion weed
Corpse plant
Fairy smoke
Fit plant
Fit root
Fit root plant
Ghost flower
Ice plant
Nest root
Pipe plant
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Parts Usually Used

Root, whole plant
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Description of Plant(s) and Culture

Indian pipe is a unique perennial plant without chlorophyll; a mass of dark, brittle, saprophytic roots produces the ivory-white, waxy stem growing 4-10 inches high and covered with scaly bracts. The stem is topped by a single, nodding, white, pipe-bowl-shaped or bell-shaped flower which turns black when bruised. The whole plant is translucent white. Scalelike leaves nearly absent. Blooms June to October.
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Where Found

Grows in dark, rich woods in the temperate and warmer parts of North America. Too scarce to harvest. Maine to the Carolinas, westward to Missouri.
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Medicinal Properties

Antispasmodic, febrifuge, nervine, sedative, tonic
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Legends, Myths and Stories

Once called “Ice plant” because it resembles frozen jelly, and “melts” when handled. Also called “Bird’s Nest”, in reference to the shape of the entangled root fibers.
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A good remedy (root tea) for spasms, fainting spells, epilepsy, lockjaw, convulsions, sedative, muscle spasms, St. Vitus dance, and various nervous conditions and may be helpful in remittent and intermittent fever, takes the place of quinine and opium. Mixed with fennel seed, it makes a good eyewash, bunions, warts, gonorrhea, bladder problems, and vaginal douche for vaginal and uterine inflammations. The plant was soaked in rose water, then a cloth was soaked in the mixture and applied to the eyes. The roots are known to be a powerful emetic and one used by Native Americans.

Native Americans drank the tea for aches and pains due to colds.
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Formulas or Dosages

Infusion: use 1 tsp. Indian pipe root and 1 tsp. fennel seed with 1 pint boiling water. Steep for 20 minutes and strain.

The powdered root: 1/2 tsp., 2-3 times per day.
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Safety undetermined; possibly toxic. Contains several glycosides.
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, by Jethro Kloss; Back to Eden Publishing Co., Loma Linda, CA 92354, Original copyright 1939, revised edition 1994

, by Steven Foster and James A. Duke., Houghton Mifflin Company, 215 Park Avenue South, New York, NY 10000

, by John Lust, Bantam Books, 666 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY. copyright 1974.

, by Alma R. Hutchens, Shambala Publications, Inc., Horticultural Hall, 300 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts 02115, 1973

, Third College Edition, Victoria Neufeldt, Editor in Chief, New World Dictionaries: A Division of Simon & Schuster, Inc., 15 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10023, 1984

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