Properties and Uses:
Arrowroot is made by grinding the thick rhizomes into a starchy powder that is used as a culinary and cosmetic thickening agent or boiled in water to make a thin gruel. This is a soothing, nutritious food for convalescing children and elderly people, and for those recovering from gastroenteritis. It is mixed with dried Chamomile as a prickly heat treatment. The root can be candied as a sweet.
Remark: In some tropical countries, Arrowroot has been applied to poisonous insect bites, snake bites, and arrow wounds, which may be the origin of its common name.