Baptisia is a plant of the Fabaceae or Leguminosae family, the same as chickpeas and lentils, just to give some examples. Baptisia is considered a remedy in case of diseases of the respiratory tract for the well-being of the nose and throat. But let's see what science says about this plant and its applications.
Baptisia is antiseptic and is a remedy capable of stimulating the immune system, as proven by scientific studies (Beuscher et al, Planta Med, 1985). Not only that, it has also been shown that a combination of Echinacea, Tuia and Baptisia extracts was able to improve the symptoms of a cold and to speed up healing (Naser et al, Phytomedicine, 2005).
Therefore, baptisia can be used in case of diseases of the respiratory tract, especially the upper respiratory tract, such as colds, runny nose, sinusitis, sore throat, and to stimulate the immune system. Baptisia can be found in herbalist’s and chemist’s shops. The roots are the part used to prepare baptisia remedies. The roots can be purchased whole to make herbal teas, in this case bring a cup of water to a boil, remove from heat and add a tablespoon of herb, leave to infuse for ten minutes, then filter and drink. But baptisia can also be taken as a liquid extract. Both the herbal tea and the liquid extract of baptisia, in addition to being taken by mouth, can also be applied topically. In fact, the antiseptic action of baptisia can be beneficial in case of ulcers, wounds and canker sores (Stannard et al, Medical Herbalism, 1995).
Baptisia should not be taken for long periods of time and should always be taken without exceeding the doses. In fact, an excess of this plant can cause vomiting and diarrhea. Avoid in pregnancy and breastfeeding.