The Cayce Herbal 
 A Comprehensive Guide to the  
Botanical Medicine of Edgar Cayce

Botanical Name: Asclepias tuberosa

Common Names and Synonyms: Pleurisy Root, Butterfly Weed, Orange Swallowwort, Wind Root, Tuber Root

Background: Milkweed grows anywhere from one to five feet tall and derives its name from the milky juice which oozes from torn leaves or broken stems and pods.  The sap is very toxic.   The caterpillars of the Monarch butterfly feed  exclusively on milkweed,  and the poison they store makes them taste bad to birds.  Milkweed can be toxic if taken internally in quantity. Historically, milkweed was used by Native Americans for asthma, dropsy and stomach ailments. Milkweed sap has been used to treat dermatitis and remove warts.

Milkweed in the Cayce Readings
  • Edgar Cayce always recommended milkweed as an external application to assist with healing or cleanse the skin.
  • Milkweed was recommended in 4 readings between 1924 and 1942.
Cayce Quotes on Milkweed

    We would first make this lotion and apply directly to the outer edges, first of the abrasions.
    To two ounces of butterfat add the same quantity of Plantain, with the leaves, the root and the stem or blossom, reduced until nearly jellied; take six to eight ounces and reduce until almost jelled.  This with the oil of butterfat and apply directly to these abrasions, changing this at times with the milk from milkweed, as will be found about the farms of this district.  This we find will heal these places, these abrasions; that is, we will use the Plantain and butterfat three days, one day use the milk from the milkweed; that is, the ground creeping weed, and the vibration is opposite to that of the Night Shade.

    The other lotion, and this will be applied to the edges only of the abrasions, the milk from the common milkweed, the weed gathered fresh with the dew on same, (This shaken of course) and the weed broken and the milk that comes from this break shall be rubbed on the edges of the abrasions.  Not over the whole solution, or over the whole sores, but on the inflamed portions that are not broken.  Not on tissue that is broken but over the edges that are not broken.

(Q)  What soap, manner of cleansing, creams and makeup would be least harmful and most helpful in correcting the beautifying the skin?
(A)  Pure Castile soap [See 2072-6, Par. R19] is the better as a cleanser.  As a cleansing cream or the like, the Genuine Black and White products are nearer to normal.  The Milkweed Cream used occasionally for this body would be very beneficial.

    Now we would, for this condition in the eye and eyelids, apply STILL those applications of the old irish potato, well scraped and applied a bandage about the eye, see? this used at least once each day, taken off and cleansed in mornings, see?  Then apply the milkweed, the milk from same - that that grows on the ground as parsley grass, see?  The weed needs be gathered fresh each day.  It's found growing near here, see?  Broken - the milk from same rubbed on (gently, of course) the eyelids, see?  This, after having remained for an hour to an hour and a half, cleanse again with that cleanser as given, see? and then apply (before the irish potato is applied in evening) those vibrations of the Violet Ray, using the eye applicator, see?  This should be applied at least for ten minutes, see?  Not steadily, but taken off and then applied again, taken off for a second or two, then applied again, but keep at least ten minutes vibration.  Do this, and we will find we will continue to bring improvements to this body, [20].


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