Iris (Blue Flag)
Iris versicolor

Iris (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: 1-5 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.

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.

Copyright 1999 by Sharol Tilgner, N.D. (ISBN 1-881517-02-0) - all rights reserved.