Wildcrafted at full bloom. Wet tincture.
|Botanical Name||Impatiens capensis|
|Common names||Orange Jewelweed, Common Jewelweed, Spotted Jewelweed, Spotted Touch-me-not, Orange Balsam|
|Strength||1:2 40%:1/8 veg. glycerine|
|Part Used||Whole flowering plant|
|Dissolved Solids (µS/ppm)||1.21 / 840|
The plants Impatiens pallida, Nuttall; and Impatiens capensis, Meerb., (Nat. Ord. Balsaminaceae). Moist shady places and rich soils in the United States.
Common Names: Balsam jewel Weed, Balsam Weed, Jewel Weed, (1) Pale TouchMe-Not, (2) Speckled Touch-Me-Not.
Preparation.—The bruised, fresh plant.
Action and Therapy.—External. Refrigerant and sedative. The fresh juice of the crushed Impatiens gives prompt relief in the dermatitis of rhus poisoning if used early. It also quickly relieves the intolerable stinging produced by nettles. As these plants usually grow contiguously the balsam can be procured and applied at once. The relief is almost magical. The bruised plants may also be used to relieve the pain of acute engorged hemorrhoids.
Spotted Touch-me-not (Impatiens biflora, Walt.)“twatubîgo'-nîak” [touch-me-not]. The Prairie Potawatomi call this “wasawa'shiak” [yellow slippery]. This is accounted a valuable medicine among the Forest Potawatomi who use the fresh juice of the plant to wash nettle stings or poison ivy infections. The writer knows that it instantly alleviates the sting of the Stinging Nettle and has it from the Indians that it will cure and alleviate the itching of Poison Ivy. An infusion of the whole plant is drunk to cure colds in the chest or cramps in the stomach. The Potawatomi also boil the infusion of the plant down to a thicker mass which they use as a liniment for treating sprains, bruises and sorenesses. Nickellrecords the properties of the plant as diuretic, emetic andalterative.
The stems and leaves of this plant were crushed together to a pulp and applied to the skin as a remedy for rash and eczema by the Omaha.