Witchy Wednesday - Blue Cohosh
Witchy Wednesday - Blue Cohosh Blue cohos is a species of Caulophyllum also called squaw root or papoose root, is a flowering plant in the Berberidaceae family. It is a medium-tall perennial with blue berry-like fruits and bluish-green foliage. The plant reaches about 2 1/2 feet tall. It has trifoliate leaves, the middle, largest one is usually tri-lobed, while the outer leaves may or may not be. It is native to hardwood forests of the eastern United States, and favors moist coves and hillsides, generally in shady locations, in rich soil. It grows in eastern North America, from Manitoba and Oklahoma east to the Atlantic Ocean. It has been used as a medicinal herb by American Indians. Many Native American tribes, and later European herbologists and mid-wives, would use this herb in conjunction with other herbs and fluids for abortive and contraceptive purposes. It is said to improve uterine muscle tone. It is used to stimulate contractions during childbirth and also to bring on a late period. Use of blue cohosh to bring on contractions is not recommended because its toxicity could affect the newborn. Magickally Blue Cohosh can be used to protect objects and places from evil. It can be added to washes to protective washes and it is also used in bundles to protect infants and children. It is Carried for protection and to encourage fortune and changed luck. You can mix with lavender to attract lust and love or wear it to calm tempers and bring sleep.