Homeopathic remedies harness the power of nature and use naturally occurring plants to address common symptoms that people feel. While some of these plants are very familiar varieties, others are somewhat obscure and worth learning more about.
Here is some information about baptisia, its natural health benefits, and how we use it in homeopathic remedies at Seagate.
What is Baptisia?
Baptisia is a perennial plant that is commonly known as wild indigo or false indigo because it was used by Native Americans and European settlers for dye when true indigo was not available. These plants are common in gardens and native to southern North American prairies. Their flowers are often blue-purple but can also be white or yellow depending on the type. Because of its medicinal properties, baptisia is also a common ingredient in spray-style remedies for cold and flu relief.
Benefits of Baptisia
Studies have shown that baptisia has positive effects on the human immune system and respiratory system. It acts as an analgesic and can help with inflammation too. Some people rely upon baptisia to help ease throat and mouth infections or supplement their diets with baptisia to boost their immune systems and be more resistant to the common cold. Meanwhile, other people use baptisia in their natural health routines to address issues with pain, gastrointestinal discomfort, oral health, the lymphatic system, and skin health.
Homeopathic Remedies with Baptisia
Indigenous people and herbalists have been using baptisia in remedies for hundreds of years. As your source for modern, safe, and effective natural homeopathic remedies, Seagate uses baptisia in our throat spray and nasal spray.
Our Olive Leaf Throat Spray contains olive leaf extract, baptisia, and xylitol to temporarily relief mouth and throat irritations. The baptisia this home remedy contains has antiseptic properties and is also used for tonsil infections and inflammation of the throat.
Meanwhile, our Olive Leaf Nasal Spray also contains baptisia blended with olive leaf extract to relieve sinus irritations, difficulty breathing, mucous blockage, swollen mucous membranes, or a runny or congested nose. With about 150 sprays in each bottle, this homeopathic remedy is doctor-recommended and helps you avoid the rebound effect of over-the-counter antihistamines.
Growing Your Own Baptisia
Home gardeners will be relieved to discover that baptisia is a low-maintenance plant that grows well in nearly any type of soil that is well-drained. It can be grown in USDA planting zones 5-9. Baptisia plants resemble small shrubs when mature and can grow three or more feet tall and wide. So, make sure your plants have plenty of room to grow and that your baptisia gets at least six hours of full sun per day. In the American South, plant baptisia during the fall. In cooler northern climates, plant it during the spring and make sure it gets at least an inch of water per week in the initial growing season. After that, these are fairly pest-resistant and drought-tolerant plants that benefit from routine fertilization.