Herbs Guide


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.