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Squawvine as an Herb

Squawvine as an herb

Mitchella repens

Squawvine grows throughout the United States and Canada.

The leaves of Squawvine resemble those of clover and remain green throughout the winter. The fruit or berry also remains bright scarlet, is edible, and nearly tasteless, dry, and full of stony seeds. The use of the drug is peculiarly American.

Also known as Partridgeberry.

Squawvine as an Herb for Medicinal Uses

Squawvine is most beneficial in childbirth. It strengthens the uterus, helps prevent miscarriage, and relieves congestion of the uterus and ovaries.

Its antiseptic properties make it valuable for treating vaginal infections, and is a natural nerve sedative. It is most often used in combination with Raspberry.

The following preparation is a cure for sore nipples: 2 ounces of the herb (fresh, if possible), 1 pint of water. Make a strong decoction, strain, and add an equal quantity of good cream. Boil the whole down to the consistency of a soft salve, and when cool, anoint the nipple every time the child is removed from the breast.

Was also used as a wash externally for sore eyes and skin problems.

One Native American tribe used the tea for insomnia. Today, this herb is also used for water rentention and edema.

Culinary Uses of Squawvine

Unknown; not recommended.

Partridge Berry aka Squawvine


A herbal physician should be consulted for a safe and effectual preparation of squawvine as an herb. Or, purchase an all natural product from a reputable company, such as the one noted above.

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