The plant has been used as a nervine in Western Herbal Medicine since the late nineteenth century, and a tincture of the whole plant has been used for people in intense physical pain, but it doesn’t make the pain go away. In the words of Herbalist, David Winston, “…you know it hurts, but simply don’t care.” It reduces sensitivity to painful stimuli and raises the pain threshold. INDIAN PIPE PLANT, GHOST PLANT, CORPSE PLANT, MONOTROPA UNIFLORA This unusual plant has no chlorophyll, so is not green. It benefits from good drainage; be especially careful to protect it from moisture during winter. Eventually poking its way up through decaying leaves, Ghost Pipe rises on a slender stalk, and then nods its flower head, thus resembling a pipe with its stem stuck in the ground. Not recommended for long term use past one month of daily use. This plant cannot photosynthesize. Propagation and cultivation are next to impossible because of the delicate processes it adheres to. I am interested in making a tincture for personal use. Hi Traci, yes you harvest the whole plant, brushing it off if needed with a soft brush, and immediately putting it in the menstruum because of its delicacy. Despite the botanical name (Paraguay), ghost plant is believed to be a native of Tamaulipas, Mexico. Could Ghost Pipe provide an alternative to opiates in certain cases, helping us to engage and deal with our pain? It is absent from the southwest, intermountain west and the central Rocky mountains. Appreciate the information!!! Green blessings, EagleSong . Ghost Pipe: A Little Known Nervine by Sean Donahue, Medicinal Plants of the Southern Appalachians by Patricia Kyritsi Howell, USDA Forest Service: Monotropa uniflora – Ghost Plant, Indian Pipe. A fascinating plant, it only grows in select temperate regions with large gaps in-between and can be found in Russia, North America, Asia and northern South America. Frost? Ghost Pipe, also known as Indian Pipe, or corpse plant, and whose botanical name is Monotropa uniflora, is an herbaceous perennial devoid of plant blood. Harvest when the plant’s flowers are curved over and facing the ground. ( Log Out /  To relieve specific types of physical pain it may be paired with anti-inflammatory and anodyne herbs such as willow (Salix spp. Its versatile growth will help it stand out in your landscape as an unusual groundcover, cascading down a container, or even as a houseplant. Interesting how she showed up for you! Today, we’re going to cover five of the amazing benefits you’ll get from keeping succulents in your home. Evergreen to at least 7 degrees F. Rosettes form atop the brittle stems, with thick blue-gray, pink, and brown leaves and white, star-shaped flowers in spring. The plant plays a pivotal role in the non-fiction book The Orchid Thief, by Susan Orlean, and the movie based on the book, Adaptation, although in the book the plant is yet in its former genus Polyrrhiza. Unlike most plants, it is white and does not contain chlorophyll. Pothos. The juice of the plant has been used in injections for gonorrhea and is said to be efficacious in treating inflammation and ulceration of the bladder in the form of a douche when mixed with rose water. The root, seed, and fruit are used to make medicine. Ghost plant is carefree and easily re-rooted when the rosettes break off. Even a gentle touch can bruise, so it is best to tincture it in the field, harvesting only a few plants from each colony. They are true survivors. Thank you, Thea! Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. Care; Likes rich well draining soil or soil mix. I believe we are in need of a new mindset where pain is not the enemy, and we can find hope in our relationship with the natural world. Once pain level improves, increase the amount of time between doses and reduce dosage amount. Since it showed up for me in relation to my friend, who was trying not to succumb to the opioids his doctors were recommending, I suggested he look into Ghost Pipe as a possible ally. Ultimately, Ghost Pipe gets its energy from the photosynthesis of trees, parasitically sapping nutrients and carbohydrates from the tree roots through the intermediate source of myccorhizal fungus. Sun or bright shade. The resulting tincture is a pleasingly deep violet color. Pingback: Thea Summer Deer and Wisdom of the Plant Devas, chicken poop, Ghost Pipe, Emily Dickinson – Seraphin Station. The plant allies want to help us and they show up when we need them. May be contraindicated for anyone taking stimulants prescribed for ADHD. Of all the succulents I grow, ghost plants are among the easiest and most remarkable. If severe use 1ml at 5 minute intervals. If you weren’t already a succulent collector, you will be after reading this post! After this they will quickly turn black and begin to dissolve. Traci. Indian pipe is a perennial wildflower with a wide geographic distribution throughout the United States, from Maine to California and from Florida to Alaska. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. Sign up to receive special offers, expert advice and tips to transform your yard into a landscape showplace! Any other ways to process ghost pipe for ingestion? In order to make the plant stronger and more productive, pick off any flower buds that appear for the first 2 years after planting. However, Indian Pipe is not a commonly encountered wildflower. Ghost plant (Graptopetalum paraguayense) is a cold-hardy succulent with pale gray or whitish leaves on sprawling stems. Where I currently live in Western North Carolina, we are experiencing an opioid epidemic that is devastating families and communities. Frost Tolerance. Hoping you are still reading these comments…just wondering if you harvest the entire plant. They improve air quality, have lots of medicinal uses, can improve your concentration, and more. I too, believe pain serves a purpose. It benefits from good drainage; be especially careful to protect it from moisture during winter. Bring scissors and pint jar with vodka. Think Again: H. Pylori and Mastic Gum, The Weed and the Vine: Anecdotal Evidence for Nature’s Antidote, A Mid-Summer’s Evening Primrose and Menopausal Ally, Overwhelming physical pain (combined with anodyne herbs), Migraine like headaches associated with traumatic brain injury, Anxiety and panic attacks associated with emotional or sensory overload. For physical pain: Start with 3 drops and jump to 1ml if no response, up to 40 drops (2ml) every half hour. It is too late to harvest if the flowers are upright. It alerts us to what needs our attention. There is information that can be received when we are not completely numb to our pain. Met some ghost pipe in Canada once but have never used it. Thank you for checking in on this Jodi. Ghost Pipe: A Hauntingly Rare Plant for Physical and Emotional Pain Tamarind: A Functional Food for Improving Digestion, Reducing Cholesterol and Lowering Blood Pressure. It is not your normal analgesic. It is only about five inches tall and commonly found in small clusters. Indian pipe ( Monotropa uniflora) aka ghost plant is a crazy strange plant that has absolutely no chlorophyll. Thanks Thea! Despite the botanical name (Paraguay), ghost plant is believed to be a native of Tamaulipas, Mexico. Herbalist, Ryan Drum, who works with this plant in the Pacific Northwest, believes it has a great future as a psychiatric nervine in acute cases. If you happen to come upon it, take in its unique beauty with reverence. The Cherokee considered it a pain remedy of the highest order. It dulls the perception of pain and may be useful for psychotic episodes or triggering of emotional memories. I believe exactly what you are saying is true. I’ll be in the mountains next Wednesday, will keep my eyes open. Ghost Pipe appears from early summer to early autumn after a rainfall and when the weather is warm, bearing a single bell-shaped flower. 1-3ml doses for psychotic episodes. Make a very attractive landscape or patio plant with very low maintenance & water needs. Half-High mixes the benefits of highbush - large fruit - with the benefits of lowbush - cold tolerance. We Think You'll Really Dig It. You can leave herb in alcohol until all tincture is consumed, or strain and decant. Pain serves a purpose. I’ve come to realize my physical pain came to me to address my emotional pain. Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notification of new posts by email. It can help a person feel more grounded and present rather than overtaken by overwhelming pain. Despite the botanical name (Paraguay), ghost plant is believed to be a native of Tamaulipas, Mexico. The ghost orchid of Blair Audubon Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary also inspired the fiction novel, Ghost Orchid by D. K. Christi. Pingback: August Newsletter – Blue Ridge Chaga Connection, Pingback: Indian Pipe-Monotropa uniflora and Usnea – Blue Ridge Chaga Connection. When a friend approached me about excruciating pain in his spine as a result of nerve damage from a degenerative joint disease, the hauntingly translucent, ephemeral, and ghostly white image of Ghost Pipe, danced before me. Herbal Actions: sedative, nervine, antispasmodic, anodyne, diaphoretic. I am also in the Appalachians and just came across several good sized patches of these on our mountain. Pothos plants are arguably one of the easiest plants to grow and actually thrive on low light … Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. It may be a little too late in the season for it in the PNW, but we are having quite the Indian Summer here in the Appalachians. I have rarely needed to use this plant that grows in the dense, dark under-story of the forest where I live, but in the past few years I have noticed it growing in greater abundance. Probably the strongest natural pain killer you will find growing in North America. I was very surprised, and now I’m very honored. America’s eminent poet, Emily Dickinson, called it “the preferred flower of life,” and she never ceased to wonder at its mystery. It is a rare plant and not commonly encountered, so I took these sightings as a sign that a need for its medicine may be at hand. It is so fragile that a mere touch can cause the flower to turn black, shrivel and die before it has a chance to pollinate. Graptopetalum paraguayense ‘Ghost Plant’ can tolerate mild frost and slightly freezing temperatures. Instead of generating energy from sunlight, it is parasitic, and more specifically a mycoheterotroph. May it be blessed! The species name uniflora, means “one flowered.” It is in the Ericaceae family, which also includes blueberries, rhododendron, azaleas, and arctostaphylos (manzanitas, uva ursi, bearberries), and they all like the same acidic soil. Please use caution and respect when harvesting as this is considered a rare plant. I hadn’t heard it before, Ghost Pipe. Slowly the plant will straighten into an upright position with the flower pointing skyward. Description/Taste The taste of Ghost plant is sour and the texture is crispy like an apple. It can only exist where this fungi … It is a good remedy for spasms, fainting spells and various nervous conditions. ( Log Out /  @cultivo_cactos_suculentas. Boost Productivity. Pack plant tightly into a pint canning jar filling to top. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. Combine with holy basil to disperse intense emotions that may be coming up. In my book, Wisdom of the Plant Devas: Herbal Medicine for a New Earth, I propose that if a plant’s medicine is needed, it will show up, and that our medicine is as close as we are right now. Thanks so much, Traci, I recommend harvesting a few stalks from different plants as to not stress the plant. What if we showed the earth the same intelligent respect? Lacking chlorophyll it does not generate energy from sunlight. 2-3, 1ml dose at 5 minute intervals for severe panic and agitation. Its hosts are certain fungi that are mycorrhizal with trees, meaning it ultimately gets its energy from photosynthetic trees. Sometimes this is done to cause an abortion. It is a mysterious, underground except when flowering, perennial common boreal non-photosynthetic flowering epiparasite. Wonderful article. I will hold that you will find the right and perfect solution as you unwind the sources of your pain. Hoping you are still checking these comments…I have run across a good sized patch of ghost pipe and wanting to make a personal tincture. The snake plant, commonly referred to as mother-in-law’s tongue, is a resilient succulent that can grow anywhere between 6 inches to several feet. Offered as; A small plant 6" above the soil line for mail order to all locations. Part shade to full sun most locations. These fungi colonize the tree roots in a symbiotic, albeit parasitic relationship, and play an important role in soil chemistry, helping to make nutrients available to the tree. Frequent small doses seem to work best to disrupt pain cycle. The fungus benefits by the sugars translocated to the root by the plant. My stomach doesn’t tolerate 100 proof vodka. It has been given to children who suffer from fits, epilepsy and convulsions. Like most succulents, the ghost plant is a low maintenance specimen when you meet its basic growing requirements. The Cherokee and First Nations People also honored this plant for its medicine and its mystery. Larger 5 gallon plants are available for shipping within the U.S.A. only or for pick-up. Fibrocystic Breast & Cleavers: A Premier Spring Lymph Tonic, Grief, Shock & Loss: PTSD and Star of Bethlehem, Allergy Sufferers Get Ahead with Purple Dead-nettle, Wild Hydrangea: …this is where she came from, Think You Have an Ulcer? M. uniflora is indeed a ghostly plant, a parasite feeding on a parasite. Beautiful message thank you. Since it is not dependent on sunlight to grow, it can grow in very dark environments as in the understory of dense … The pain relievers I’ve chosen are not relieving the physical pain and I’ll continue to seek out the loving remedy. 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