Blue Flag - Iris Versicolor

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This Blue Flag (Iris versicolor) monograph is an excerpt from the 1999, first edition of Dr. Sharol's book "Herbal Medicine From The Heart of The Earth." You can purchase the 2020, third edition of this book with an expanded materia medica/monograph section, herbal formulas and directions on making herbal products in Dr. Sharol's Book Store. You receive free shipping in the USA. The expanded 3rd edition materia medica, and additional herbal tidbits are also available as a kindle ebook at Amazon and details on this e-book are here.

Blue Flag - Iris versicolor in the Liliaceae or Lily family

Part used: Rhizome.

Taste/Smell: Acrid.

Tendencies: Cooling and drying.

Dosage: Infusion: 1:2 fresh strength liquid extract: 1-3 drops 1-3 times per day in a little water.

Mental picture and specific indications: Iris is specific for hepatic and splenic congestion due to venous or lymphatic stasis with soft, swollen nodes.

Use: (a) Alterative for chronic septic conditions, (b) Lymphagogue, (c) Cholagogue, (d) Diuretic.

Iris acts on the thyroid, intestinal glands, liver, pancreas and lymphatic system. It is used for migraine headaches. They often start as frontal headaches and come on after stress, during a relaxed period and are better with  motion.

This herb is used in small amounts and not for long term use generally.

Contraindications: The fresh root may cause dermatitis. Toxic doses cause burning in mouth and throat, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal burning and severe gastroenteritis resulting in death. This herb should only be used under the supervision of a qualified health care practitioner. It is contraindicated in pregnancy.

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