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Using Yellow Root in Appalachia

Yellow Root

Last week I stogged through the woods down the road to find some yellow root.

Yellow root grows along creeks and other waterways in my area of Appalachia.

  • Yellow root tea can be used for stomach aliments. Use dried or fresh yellow root to make a tea-use 1/4 oz. yellow root to 16 ozs. of water. Strain the tea and allow it too cool before drinking. Drink a little of the tea when symptoms occur and store the rest in the frig to use as needed.
  • A salve made with yellow root can be used to heal dry skin or chapped lips.
  • Yellow root can be used to heal mouth ulcers, gum disease, and sore throats. Infuse a cup of water with 1 or 2 teaspoons of dried yellow root and then gargle with the mixture for a few minutes.
  • Crush dried yellow root and sprinkle into cuts or abrasions to prevent infection.

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  • Reply
    lynn legge
    September 30, 2020 at 10:10 am

    wow tipper, i would love to try there any place that sells it? i suffer from stomach problems that medicines havent helped. thank you for the information
    big ladybug hugs

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    Janet Smart
    September 30, 2020 at 7:49 am

    I’ve never used yellow root, but I heard that my grandpa used it for stomach problems.

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    September 29, 2020 at 8:07 pm

    I had a good friend at Church brought me some yellow root once, made me a tea out of it and it taste so bad I think I just forgot about my stomach feeling so bad, cause the simptoms came back shortly, now I just take a teaspoon of baking soda and water now if I get the heartburn or acid stomach.

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    Carolyn Anderson
    September 29, 2020 at 5:05 pm

    We have used yellow root for years and years. My husband David and I gather it and make tea for different people that are having problems with their stomachs, infections, etc. It is a very good medicine. We have a lot of it growing on our creek bank. It tastes terrible but if you need help, a little bitter won’t hurt you.
    A lot of people confuse it with Golden Seal, it is a different plant.

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    September 29, 2020 at 9:55 am

    I have never heard of yellow root, but I am in favor of alternative forms of medicine. Medicinal plants were all we had once upon a time.

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    sheryl paul
    September 29, 2020 at 9:13 am

    Yes goldenseal is the one I am used to. When I studied herbal medicine this is why the latin name was always used. Common names vary from place to place and generation to generation

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    September 29, 2020 at 9:07 am

    My cousin swears yellow root cured him from his stomach problems years ago. He said he had seen many doctors and taken every kind of prescription available and still suffered daily. Another cousin introduced him to yellow root and the pain never returned.

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    Miss Cindy
    September 29, 2020 at 7:51 am

    Tipper, I’ve heard of Yellow Root during my life but I’ve never actually used it. I’m thinking we might do well to reconsider some of the old treatments. I have great concerns about what chemicals are used in all the medications used now days. They use chemicals in all oral as well as topical treatments. Something like yellow root is very appealing to me because Yellow root is all that is in it!
    Good video, It helps to identify it.

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    Ron Stephens
    September 29, 2020 at 7:40 am

    I have never used yellowroot for anything. But I know powdered yellowroot has been used as a treatment for stomach ulcers. At our local farm market they have jars of yellowroot tea also. I did not know about the uses you mention. You make me want to get some and dry it to have handy as need arises.

    I have always wondered if that bright yellow could make a natural dye. It sure looks like it could but in spite of being so bright it seems to dilute too easily.

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      September 29, 2020 at 7:47 am

      Ron-it makes a good dye! In the video I share a sweet story about dyeing with yellow root 🙂

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    aw griff
    September 29, 2020 at 7:11 am

    I’ve never used the type of yellow root you show in the video but have used goldenseal (yellow root) for mouth sores and heart palpitations. Many years ago Dad kept a quart jar in the refrigerator of yellow root tea for stomach and gallbladder trouble. The yellow root you show and goldenseal both have the alkaloid berberine which you can buy in the extracted form. Many people use the extracted berberine for sugar problems. My Wife has type 2 diabetes and tried the berberine and it lowered her blood sugar but she had to quit using it for it raised her blood pressure too high.
    I know where a small patch of goldenseal is on our ole family farm and plenty of the yellow root you’ve shown growing along the creek. I’ll have to try the other type sometime.

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