Family Name: Compositae
Botanical Name(s): Senecio Aureus
Popular Name(s): Life Root, Squaw Weed, Golden Senecio, False
Valerian, Cough Weed and Female Regulator
Parts Used: Herb
Habitat: Found in Europe and N. America
Description: The plant has slender, fluted, unbranched and
cottony stems, 1 to 2 feet high. The rhizome is perennial, 1 to 2 inches
long, the bark of the roots hard and blackish. The root-leaves are round
and kidney-shaped, up to 6 inches long, on long leaf stalks. The stem
leaves decrease in size as they grow up the stem.
Uses: As a uterine tonic, Life Root may be used safely wherever
strengthening and aid are called for. It is useful for menopausal
disturbances of any kind. Also useful for delayed or suppressed
menstruation. For leucorrhoea it can be used as a douche.