Wild ginger (Asarum canadense) Native

Wild ginger (Asarum canadense)

Parts used: root, leaves

Medicinal and other uses: Dried root has a spicy, slightly bitter taste often used as a ginger (Zingiber officinale) substitute; ginger scented leaves can be added to salads; root oil has been used in perfumes; root is a digestive tonic used for colic and flatulence; Native Americans used it as a contraceptive and to treat colds, sore throats, nervous conditions, and cramps; the root contains an antitumor compound, aristolochic acid

Cautions: None stated (Bremness 149).

Wild ginger Asarum canadense

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