Herb of the Day: Pipsissewa

Pippissewa plantPipsissewa was a favorite herb among Native Americans and early European settlers.  This small evergreen derives its name from a Canadian dialect (called Cree) and is translated into English as “it breaks into small pieces.”  The name is derived from the traditional herbal use for Pipsissewa for breaking apart kidney stones, herbalists also use it topically for skin conditions. Pipsissewa is also added to root beers, candy and other beverages to add flavor.  


  • Kidney Stones
  • Urinary Inflammation
  • Kidney Disease
  • Diuretic
  • Nephritis
  • Blisters
  • Skin Ulcers
  • Bruises

The Plant

Chimaphila umbellata is an extremely difficult plant to cultivate and grow.  As a small evergreen shrub Pipsissewa thrives in moist, shady areas and forested slopes under needle and leaf mulch.  They do not do well being trampled over and will not grow in areas that humans frequent.  You’re most likely to encounter this herb while hiking above 4,500 feet.  Growing 4 to 8 inches high with shiny, leather like leaves and a woody base.  The leaves grow in whorls that are just about as long as the stem.  Tiny pink, yellow or white flowers appear in clusters at the end of the stem in mid summer and do not last long.  Harvesting this plant is difficult as it is so stubborn to grow and grows very slowly.  Wild harvesting is not recommended.

TriLight Health and Pipsissewa

Pipsissewa is found in our single herbal extract.

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Have you ever heard of this herb with such a unique name?


Photo credit- Christian Fischer [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
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