Herb Lore - Poke Root Tincture
Poke Root 1/2 oz. tincture
This herb is specific for mastitis (breast infection) or threatened mastitis. It usually works in a day or two and is extremely effective. This product is one of our most popular, as it gives quick results and has eliminated the need for antibiotics in almost every case. It is available in an alcohol-based tincture only. Because only 2-4 DROPS (not droppersful) are used at a time, a small bottle will last a very long time.
Warm a pot of water. Put 4-6 droppersful (not drops) into the pot of water. A dropperful is the amount that is drawn up into the glass pipette when the droppertop bulb is squeezed. It will usually fill it about 1/2 way. Soak a clean white cloth in the Poke Root water, squeeze out the excess, and apply to the sore or plugged area of the breast. Make it warm, but be careful not to burn the skin. This method, known as a compress, works extremely well in cases of plugged ducts, even if it hasn't become an actual breast infection. Continue to re-soak and re-apply this compress for 20-30 minutes. You may briefly re-heat the Poke Root water on the stove if needed (do not boil or microwave it). Repeat this 3-4 times a day or as desired.
Breast infections usually occur in women who are over-tired and doing too much. Take whatever measures you can to get extra rest. Ask for help and go to bed. You can take your baby with you. As painful as it is, it is important to keep nursing. Listen to this message from your body - immediately slow down and give yourself the extra rest your it needs.
If persistent or chronic plugged ducts are a problem and are causing frequent bouts of mastitis, use Lecithin supplements to help prevent plugged ducts as outlined in the articles entitled Plugged Ducts and Mastitis. Links to these articles are below.
One important note:
Poke Root is an extremely powerful herb. If too much is taken, nausea and vomiting may occur. Poke Root may be taken while nursing, as the dose required and suggested above is extremely low. Use only when necessary and for no longer than five days at a time. If symptoms persist or worsen, see your medical professional.
Note: use as directed. This herb may cause nausea or vomiting if large amounts are used. It is safe during breastfeeding, as the dose used and needed is extremely low. Not for use for those who are pregnant.