Arrowleaf Balsamroots are large and bulbous with a deep main
taproot and several side roots. They grow on rocky hillsides, anchoring their
roots among the rocks. It takes approximately thirty minutes to dig one of the
larger roots. The roots are harvested in early spring just as leaves are
appearing or in the autumn when the leaves have died back.
WHEN YOU RECEIVE YOUR ROOTS: After scrubbing the soil
from the root, break the outer bark from the inner core with a hammer. Break
the outer bark into small pieces and place into a large glass jar or food-grade
bucket. The core can then be pulled apart into long thin strips. Add the long
strips to the outer bark. The outer bark and inner core are then tinctured
together by covering both with food-grade alcohol, such as vodka. It takes at
least four weeks for the vodka, acting as a solvent, to extract the sticky
balsam from the root. After four weeks, strain the liquid from the root,
discarding root. Bottle the tincture in dark glass bottles, sealed tightly.
Suggested dosage is 1/2 to 1 tsp. twice daily.
Constituents: Dihydroxy-cycloartenol (root),
hydroxy-two-0-hexa-nor-cycloartenone (root), hydroxy-cycloartenol (root),
hydroxy-cycloartenone (root), hydroxy-lanosterone (root),
hydroxy-methyl-kaempferol (leaf), methoxy-kaempferol (leaf), beta-hydroxy,
beta-acetoxy, alpha eudesmol (root), beta eudesmol (root), beta sellinene
(root), betuletol (leaf), carissone (root), cinnamic acid,
heptadeca-one-cis-8-diene (root), jaceidin (leaf), montarusin (plant),
nonacos-one-ene (root), patuletin (leaf), spinacetin (leaf).
Adaptogen – As an Adaptogen, take 1 tsp. tincture of
the root twice daily for six weeks.
Antibacterial – A tincture of the root or Arrowleaf
Balsamroot Salve may be applied to infections and hard to heal wounds. A
tincture of the root and bark may be used internally or externally for
bacterial problems. For internal use take one teaspoon tincture three times
Antifungal – Make a liniment from the pounded root
and bark by infusing it in rubbing alcohol. Apply to athlete's foot and other
Immune Stimulant – Use the tincture as you would
Echinacea, taking one teaspoon twice daily to strengthen the immune system.
Veterinarian aid: Arrowleaf Balsamroot is a natural
antibiotic for pets and livestock, as well as a blood and lymphatic system
cleanser. It is excellent for infections of the respiratory tract or head. It
should only be used when necessary for no more than three weeks at a time.
Dosage for small animals is ¼ to ½ tsp. of the tinctured root. Large animals,
such as horses and cows can take 2 Tbsp. tincture per dosage.
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