Identifying an Herb - Knowledgebase Question

skokie, IL
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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.

Answer from NGA
August 17, 1998
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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