Identifying an Herb - Knowledgebase Question

skokie, IL
Question by tprizant
August 17, 1998
I am looking for the possible name of the herb . Here is the closest description that I can get: It's maybe a little taller than a knee height, has a tri-shaped leaves and blooms in July-August with yellow flowers. If you break a stem it has a yellow, almost orange juice. It's used to treat skin problems like white moles and other. If you have any idea when can I find the herb or at least its name please let me know.


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Answer from NGA
August 17, 1998

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You may be thinking of Jewelweed, one of the forms of impatiens which grow wild. It is occasionally mentioned as a topical remedy for allergic reactions to posion ivy (Rhus) and in some parts of the world the juice is used as a dye, however I am not aware of it being used for a range of skin problems.

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