Pipsissewa

Wildharvested & Kosher Certified

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  • Chimaphila umbellata
  • Origin: USA
Pipsissewa

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Common Name

Standardized: pipsissewa
Other: prince's pine

Botanical Name

Chimaphilla umbellata (L.) W.P.C. Barton
Plant Family: Ericaceae

Overview

A small, perennial evergreen native to much of southern Canada and the northern United States, pipsissewa was used by indigenous peoples for its astringent properties. Its scientific name literally means "winter loving," but its leaves are collected in late summer. The leaves have very little scent until they are rubbed to release a pleasant but mildly "puckery" odor. It is currently used as a flavoring in root beer production, and in candy.

Parts Used

Dried leaf usually, although all parts of the plant including stems are active.

Typical Preparations

Teas (made in boiling water), and tinctures usually and very rarely found as a capsule. Cosmetically it can be found in lotions or creams from a fresh extract.

Precautions

Specific: No known precautions.
General: We recommend that you consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.

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This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.