Black Cohosh

Black Cohosh (Actaea racemosa) is a perennial and a member of the buttercup family (Ranunculaceae). It emits an unpleasant smell, which attracts pollinators and repels insects.

Black cohosh is a herb valued by the Cherokee people, and is a highly harvested plant that is receiving extensive conservation efforts to protect the species since it is highly sought after. Black cohosh is commonly used for rheumatism, malaria, sore throats, and childbirth complications, implying it is a catch-all treatment for numerous Native tribes. Traditionally, the Cherokee people use black cohosh to stimulate menstruation and the issues outlined previously through a range of methods like teas and ointments. Anti-inflammatory, diuretic (increases the passing of urine), sedative, and antitussive (cough-relevant) usages are also associated with the herb.