Information on Wild Indigo

Latin NameBaptisia tinctoria
Other NamesFalse Indigo
Part UsedRoot
Herb FormsTincture, bulk herb.
AffectsImmune system
CautionsContraindicated during pregnancy. Not for long-term use.
Botanical InfoA perennial herb native to the eastern U.S. with bright yellow flowers in the pea family.
DescriptionWild indigo is a heat-clearing, anti-viral herb that is used to remove heat and toxins in such conditions as boils, abscesses, and septicemia. Wild indigo is also indicated for laryngitis and tonsillitis. Externally, it is applied as a poultice to sore or cracked nipples. It is widely used in Europe and the U.S. in combination with echinacea and thuja in immune stimulant preparations to treat colds and flu, especially when accompanied by a fever.
Caution: This herb is slightly toxic in large doses and can cause nausea and vomiting; not for use during pregnancy.

Wild Indigo has a taste of BITTER and a temperature of COLD.


Infusion1 cup 2-3 x daily
Tincture1-2 droppersful tincture 2-3 x daily

Ailments Treated by Wild Indigo

AilmentTreatment SupportApplication
Appendicitisantibacterial, antitoxintincture, capsule
Blood poisoningdetoxifiertincture, tablet, capsule
Carbunclestoxemia clearingtincture, tablet
Pericarditisheat-clearing immune stimulanttincture, capsule
Peritonitisimmune stimulant, heat-clearingtincture
Scarlet feverimmune stimulanttincture
Septicemiaimmune stimulanttincture
Stingsimmune stimulanttincture externally and internally
Styeimmune stimulanttincture
Viral infectionimmune stimulanttincture, capsule


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