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Senega Root (Snake Root) 1 Oz. (Polygala tenuifolia)

Senega Root (Snake Root) 1 Oz. (Polygala tenuifolia)

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One ounce, cut and sifted.

Senega Root (Polygala Senega) also known as Seneca Snakeroot, is a flowering herb native to North America. Its name honors the Seneca people, a Native American tribe who traditionally used it to treat snakebites. Historical records show Senega Root held a significant place in indigenous medicine. Eastern tribes valued it for respiratory ailments and even as an emetic (substance that induces vomiting). Early European colonists adopted these uses, adding Senega Root to their own herbal remedies for coughs, rheumatism, and gout.

Medicinally, Senega Root's primary use lies in its expectorant properties. The root contains chemicals that irritate the stomach and lungs, causing the body to produce more mucus. This helps loosen phlegm and ease coughs, making it a historical favorite for bronchitis, asthma, and other respiratory conditions. However, due to its harsh effects and the availability of safer alternatives, Senega Root is rarely used in modern medicine.

Senega Root has no known culinary applications. Its harsh properties make it unsuitable for consumption. In fact, ingesting large amounts can be toxic and lead to vomiting and diarrhea.

While the Senega Root has faded from mainstream medicine, historical accounts mention its use in rituals for protection and purification.

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