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Arrowroot
Alternate Names: Maranta arundinacea,Aru-root
Part used:
Tuberous Root,Rhizome.

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The plant is named in honor of Bartommeo Maranto, a medical practitioner of the mid-1500’s

The common name is a misspelling of the name given to the root used extensively by the Aruac people in South America, “Aru-root.”

Arrowroot is a perennial plant with a large, fibrous root. The tubers are fleshy and scaly. The plant grows about 3 to 6 feet tall with branching stems.

Long, pale-green lance-like leaves up to ten inches in length, pairs of white flowers and small, currant-like fruits characterize this popular and useful plant.

  • The flavorless arrowroot is used as a non-irritating, nutritious diet for people with certain chronic diseases, during recovery from an illness, or for certain internal irritations including bladder irritation.
  • Arrowroot has been used as an infant formula in place of breast milk or to help the baby adjust after weaning. A jelly made from arrowroot is often preferred by recently weaned infants to infant cereal or other farinaceous foods. Compared to other starches, arrowroot is believed to be the easiest to digest.
  • It is believed that the herb is an effective treatment against poisoned wounds, including scorpion stings, snake bites, and spider bites. Additionally, arrowroot has been used to treat gangrene.
  • Fresh arrowroot juice mixed with water, if drunk, is said to be an antidote to vegetable poisons.
  • The plant is used as an herbal remedy to alleviate nausea and to replenish nutrients lost through diarrhea and vomiting.
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