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GHOST PIPE, INDIAN PIPE, GHOST PLANT WOW!


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Leenie and I were sitting on the ground behind our trailer picking Huckleberries and I noticed this really odd plant growing beside me. I noticed it because I almost sat on it, It was all devoid of color, tipped over like those fiddle head ferns. I picked one and showed it to Leenie, it was all white with a pinkish hue starting to show and the flower and stem was all white. The flower or blossom had a small round ball with a hole in the middle and small tentacles on the outside of it. It is a very interesting plant. It has areas that are turning black and almost like it’s dirty from coming up out of the ground. Some think it may be a type of mushroom but it’s not it’s just a plant with no chloroform in it and it does not use photosynthesis to grow, It’s actually a parasite and it smells like peanut butter….LOL very slight smell so slight sometimes you cannot smell it……LOL The one I picked is slowly turning black from the stem bottom up….so cool.

such a cool plant with the subtle tones of pink.

see how the stem is turning black in places? That’s where it touched other plants or grass as it grows. It bruises easily.
Just a cool plant and flower, I will add pictures as it grows.

 

Can you see the Huckle berries around this plant?
you can make out the inside of the flower.

I was surfing Facebook today and noticed someone ask what to do with Ghost pipe and they had a picture and that was the plant we found. I have a link on some of what I read and it’s incredible, it can be used for pain just like pain pills or pain meds but it does not cause the same effects as the bad opium drugs do, It kinda distances the pain and helps you tolerate it but does not take the pain away. First, you have to find it and that’s the tough part then make a tincture.

Here is the Wikipedia link on it   https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monotropa_uniflora

This made into a tincture with some alcohol that is less than 80 proof would be a good SHTF or survival medicine. I don’t plan on harvesting it I am going to study this plant and even look around for more. It is such a fascinating plant.

INDIAN PIPE PLANT OR GHOST PLANT- HEALTH BENEFITS AND HOW TO USE IT

INDIAN PIPE PLANT, GHOST PLANT, CORPSE PLANT, MONOTROPA UNIFLORA

This unusual plant has no chlorophyll, so is not green. It therefore cannot make its own food, and is a parasite having a relationship with a fungus and a tree. It takes nutrients from both and so is found under American beech and pines along with types of mushrooms which include the Russula and Lactarius mushrooms. Its roots tap into the mycelia (thread-like roots of the mushroom) and so take nutrients from it. The mushroom takes its nutrient from the tree which also takes nutrients from the mushroom. In other words, Monotropa uniflora is a parasite or Mycorrhizal plant. It lives where there is decaying organic matter and can often be found close to tree stumps.

It is native to North America and the Himalayas, Japan and parts of temperate Europe. Despite its appearance it is not a fungus. Its flowers are white, but in rare cases can be pink. Only one flower grows on each stem, and these have no fragrance, although they do have nectar which bees collect, so pollinating the plants. They flower for about a week and then die, turning black as they do so, hence the name Corpse Plant. They are very tender and succulent, but when picked will melt away and dissolve. If you pick it then it will also turn black.

The flower is shaped like a pipe bowl and so it got its name, the Indian pipe plant, although it is also known as the Dutchman’s pipe. It looks like a Calumet, the Native Americans’ pipe of peace. They used it for eye problems and pounded the roots and mixed them with water for eye lotion. While doctors used this remedy but used rose water to mix the pounded roots with. You should gather the roots between September and October and dry them carefully then pound them to a powder which should be stored in airtight containers.

The Indian Pipe Plant has been used by the Native Americans for various ailments, as a diaphoretic to promote sweat in fevers, a nerve tonic for restlessness and nervous disorders, as a sedative (it has much the same effect as opium but without the narcotic-induced dreams or hallucinations), and as a way of stopping epileptic fits. It is said to be extremely good at doing this which is why one of its names is Fit-Plant. 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 flowers can be chewed to relieve toothache, and a tisane can be made with the plant to help with colds and flu. You can also crush the plant on corns and bunions to ease inflammation and to eventually get rid of them.

However, first of all, you have to find this shy woodland plant, as it is even more difficult to find than the violet.

http://herbs-treatandtaste.blogspot.com/2011/02/indian-pipe-plant-or-ghost-plant-health.html

 

 

2 thoughts on “GHOST PIPE, INDIAN PIPE, GHOST PLANT WOW!

  1. Its really simple. take a small mason jar and fill it as full as you can with the ghost pipe including its roots. Once you have filled up the mason jar top it off with Everclear or Vodka and clear alcohol. Leave it in a cool spot for a month. Once time is up use cheesecloth to filter liquid out. store liquid in a bottle you can take a dropper too and put 3 to 5 drops under your tongue.

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