How to Use Beth Root

This attractive member of the lily family is a hardy perennial fount! in rich, moist woodland in central and western states of America, where it is now endangered, and temperate eastern Asia. The native Americans knew it well for its use in haemorrhagic problems, but also as a love potion. The root was boiled and dropped into the food of the desired man. There is an old native American story of a beautiful young girl who fell in love with the chiefs son and wanted him for her husband. She boiled the roots of trillium and took it to put on his food, but tripped on the way so it fell into an ugly old man’s dish. The old man ate it and then followed her around for months, begging her to marry him. Beth root is a symbol of modest beauty.

Herbal remedy

Beth root is a well-known native American remedy used most commonly to lessen the pain of childbirth and ease the birth by stimulating normal, effective contractions. It contains natural precursors or build­ing blocks of female sex hormones, explaining its use for a variety of menstrual disorders. It acts as an excellent tonic for the uterus, toning up weak mus­cles and helping to prevent miscarriage and prolapse of the uterus. Its astringent properties are particularly useful for heavy periods, post-partum bleeding, and excessive menstruation around the menopause.

Beth root can also be used for bleeding elsewhere in the body – such as the respiratory tract, the diges­tive tract, the bladder, the nose and mouth. It can be used for diarrhoea and dysentery where there is blood and mucus in the stools, for bleeding from the stomach lining from gastric ulcers, and for blood in the urine. It is also used locally for nosebleeds and bleeding gums.

Externally, its antiseptic properties combined with its astringent effect make beth root useful for treat­ing vaginal discharges and infections such as thrush and trichomonas. It will speed healing of skin prob­lems, ulcers, bleeding, haemorrhoids and varicose veins, and soothe irritation of insect bites and stings. The native Americans used it as an effective eye medicine — they squeezed the juice directly into the eye, or soaked the root and made an eyewash from it for sore, inflamed eyes and eye infections.

Homeopathic remedy: Trillium

The root and rhizome of Trillium erectum arc used like the herbal remedy for a tendency to copious bleed­ing, associated with feeling faint and dizzy. The keynote for Trillium is ‘flooding with fainting’. It is used for uterine haemorrhage — heavy periods, men-orrhagia around menopause, heavy’ bleeding due to fibroids, threatened miscarriage, and post-partum bleeding. It is also given for uterine prolapse caused by weakness and pelvic muscle over-relaxation.

Trillium is also prescribed for bleeding elsewhere, be it in the lungs with TB, from the kidneys, bladder, stomach or bowels. It is good for nosebleeds, bleed­ing gums and copious bleeding after tooth extraction.

A Trillium person tends to be flabby with cold extremities and extreme debility from the bleeding. They look pale and have a craving for ice-cold water, and arc prone to headaches and blurred vision.

The flower essence

Trillium chloropetalum, which has a greenish-white flower, is used. It is given to people who have a great need for material security and who as a result accumulate wealth and possessions, believing that the status and power these things give them are the answer to their problems. Their acquisitiveness and greed can be so powerful that it drives them to be very ambitious and selfish, overiding any concern they have for other people or their personal relation­ships. As they accumulate wealth around them so they accumulate weight and toxins physically.

The cause of such insecurity in Trillium people is most likely that they are cut off from their inner, spiritual strength while their awareness is limited to the physical level of existence. They seek to overcome an unconscious feeling of powerlessness, since they measure their self-worth only by material standards.

Trillium helps to give a sense of inner security and wellbeing through being more in touch with inner resources for survival rather than outer possessions. It works on the root chakra, which influences survival and earthly requirements and helps to develop sharing and co-operation with others, and concern for the common good by lending the strength to be unselfish.

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About the Author: Greenery always attracts Arthur Kunkle. He has a big garden where he plants many fruits and vegetables. His passion for gardening motivates him to write and share different tips on gardening.

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