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

Botanical Name: Stillingia sylvatica

Common Names and Synonyms: Queen's Delight, Queen's Root, Silver Leaf, Yaw Root

Background: This plant grows in sandy soil from Maryland to Florida; along the Gulf of Mexico, and westward toward  Colorado.  The leaves are elliptical and leathery, having almost no base where attached to the stem.  Yellow florets appear on the spiked stems from March to August, or longer where the weather is warm.  The plant  must be fresh to be effective.  The resinous, milky juice in the yellow-brown root stalk has an unpleasant smell and bitter taste.  Native to North America, stillingia has been used extensively to treat syphilis.  Herbalists also use this herb as a blood purifier, digestive aid and immune enhancer.

Stillingia in the Cayce Readings
  • Edgar Cayce recommended stillingia as a blood purifier and digestive aid, especially with reference to stimulating the liver, kidneys and spleen.
  • Stillingia was typically recommended as a tincture, as follows:
      1/4 ounce 83 readings
      1/2 ounce 66 readings
      1 ounce 3 readings
      1/2 dram 4 readings
      1/4 dram 1 reading
      20 minims 7 readings
      40 minims 4 readings
      24 minims 1 reading
      10 minims 1 reading
  • Some of the early readings prescribed other forms, as follows:
    • Fluid Extract

      1/2 ounce 13 readings
      2 ounces 2 readings
      1 ounce 2 readings
      1/4 ounce 2 readings
    • Essence

      1/4 ounce 3 readings
      1/2 ounce 1 reading
    • Elixir

      1 ounce 4 readings
      1/4 ounce 2 readings
      20 minims 1 reading
  • Stillingia was always recommended with other substances in a compound, never by itself.  Although a wide diversity of  formulas were given, the most common substances mentioned in the same readings as stillingia are as follows:
      Calisaya 111 readings
      Wild Cherry 105 readings
      Sarsaparilla 96 readings
      Capsici or Capsicum 73 readings
      Tolu 62 readings
      Potassium Iodide 59 readings
      Yellow Dock 54 readings
      Sassafras 52 readings
      Potassium Bromide 50 readings
      Ginseng 47 readings
Cayce Quotes on Stillingia

    In Stillingia, we will find as a diarrheic [diuretic?] for the digestive forces of the body (in a quantity which will be told you is very little, or not much dose but this we want as the IMPULSE, NOT an active force; for the active FORCES will be created by the manipulations and the adjustments!).

... aided by those of the Stillingia and Sassafras as the CLARIFIER of the blood stream and the tendency of the allaying of nerve pressure.

... the Stillingia, which in this combination makes for an activity to the kidneys for purifying or cleansing same, thus building or purifying the blood supply and adding to the gastric flow.

... the Stillingia as an emit and an active force with the gastric flow ...

    Other properties, as in the Stillingia, make for that activity with the pulsations between the liver, the heart, the kidneys, in such a manner as to STILL the circulatory forces there.

    This to aid the respiratory system, also sarsaparilla as a cleanser diathetic, and a purifier, as is also the stillingia and the properties as are in the other carriers.

    Stillingia - an active force in the functioning of the liver, as related to the pancreas, and IS a stimuli TO same ...

    The Stillingia is as a sedentary action for the glands of digestion, or the lacteals, WITH those that will make for a better coordination of the muco-membranes in the intestines, that will clarify poisons from the body.  (That's in the Syrup of Rhubarb, see?)

... the stimuli - both in the Stillingia and in the alcohol content, WITH the Ambergris - for the gastric forces of the intestines and stomach.

(Q)  What is the condition of the spleen?
(A)  Taxed through the strain mentally and through the nerve system general.  The Stillingia and Calisaya, especially, for the liver and spleen.

    The active forces of these ingredients are as these:  The Sage or Senna is as an emit activity upon the organs of the digestive system, and toning with the Stillingia, the Gin, the Ambergris, the active forces in the pancreas; especially; as well as a stimulation for the cleansing through the alimentary canal; cleansing also through the active forces upon the hepatic circulation.


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