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100 BLACK COHOSH Cimicifuga (actaea) Racemosa Seeds - Female Herb & Insect repellent

100 BLACK COHOSH Cimicifuga (actaea) Racemosa Seeds - Female Herb & Insect repellent

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Black Cohosh (also widely known as Actaea Racemosa and Cimicifuga Racemosa) is a member of the buttercup family. Black Cohosh is a perennial plant that is native to the eastern and central areas of North America. Other common names for Black Cohosh are macrotys, rattleroot, black snakeroot, rattleweed, and rattle top. This plant is avoided by most insects which has given way to other names like bug bane and bugwort. Cimicifuga Racemosa grows mostly on hillsides in open woods where the dirt is moist and rich. It can grow to be 8' tall once it reaches maturity, and it flowers anywhere from June to August. The leaves can resemble feathers while the rootstock tends to be knotty, particularly in its old growth. The rhizome is usually black and rough.

Medicinal preparations of Black Cohosh are made from the roots (rhizomes) in either a solution made with either ethanol or isopropyl alcohol. Used primarily for menopausal symptoms, such as hot flashes, insomnia and depression, vaginal dryness, mood swings and night sweats, Native Americans would administer the herb to women in their more mature years. But in addition to these menopausal symptoms, the herb was also given to women suffering from menstrual cramps. Native americans also believed it was good for treating the pain of arthritis, sore throat, muscles, indigestion and cough. Black Cohosh can also be made into a juice that can be used as an insect repellent. Although no studies have yet been made conclusive about possible harm, pregnant or breastfeeding women and children should not use Black Cohosh.

Growing Information:

This plant is relatively easy to grow but needs to be properly germinated for up to 6 months, depending on the method used. Seeds must be kept in a sealed container in the refrigerator until they are ready to be planted. It's recommended that these seeds are planted outside during a period of warm weather followed by cold weather and then warm weather once again. They should be sowed into the seed bed during late summer preferable either in August or September so they'll be in time to experience approximately 3 months of warmer soil temperatures. Sow seeds about 3/8-1/2" deep, 12 seeds per foot, in rows that are spaced 3' apart. The seeds should then sprout the following spring. When the plants are several inches tall, thin them to 12-24" apart. When the root is thick, hard and knotty then the plants are ready to be harvested and can be used either fresh or dry. To dry the roots, wash them thoroughly and place in direct sunlight in a well ventilated area. A mechanical dryer can also be used.
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