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Boneset Herb  

Also Known As - Eupatorium perfoliatum, por huesos, Agueweed, Hempweed, Indian Sage and Thoroughwort.

Organically Grown - USA

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Overview - Boneset was one of early America's foremost medical plants, a popular panacea of extraordinary powers. Native Americans introduced the settlers to this New World herb. Its name reflects its use during a particularly harsh strain of flu called "break bone fever". Come cold and flu season, boneset can be invaluable in relieving coughs and upper respiratory congestion. Today, it is chiefly regarded as a weed with an interesting past.

  • First used by the Native Americans, who passed along their high esteem for the plant to the settlers.
  • The botanical name, Eupatorium, was selected to connote Mithridates Eupator, a king of Ponus about 115 BC, who supposedly discovered an antidote to poison among the species of this particular genus. When taken captive by his enemies, he preferred death to captivity, but had to have a slave stab him, for he had so thoroughly fortified himself against poisoning. The genus includes some 400 species, quite a number of which are reputed to have medicinal virtues. Boneset and Joe-pye weed are among the latter species. Boneset was never used as an antidote to poison.
  • Boneset was a popular bitter of early Americans. The infusion is taken cold; the hot tea induces sweating.

Medicinal Uses -  The effect of boneset depends on the form it is taken in. Taken cold, the infusion has tonic and mildly laxative effects. Taken warm, it is diaphoretic and emetic and can be used to break up a common cold, for intermittent fever, cough, and for the flu. The hot infusion is both emetic and cathartic. Used for malaria, rheumatism, spasms, cystitis, urinary stones, relieves night-time urination, fluid retention, jaundice, wounds, urinary stones, pneumonia, pleurisy, dyspepsia, relieves constipation (taken in a cold drink, it is a mild laxative), has calming effect, ague, gout. Leaves poulticed onto tumors. German research suggests nonspecific immune system-stimulating properties, perhaps vindicating historical use in flu epidemics.

  • Promotes sweating, relaxes peripheral blood vessels, muscle cramps, sore throat, cough, headache, stuffy nose.

Parts Used - The entire plant is medicinal, including leaf, stem and flower, but typically only the above-ground parts are collected. The herb is dried and chopped.

Preparations and Dosage - Whole herb in capsules, teas, and tinctures. The tea is very bitter.

  • Infusion: use 1 level tsp. herb with 1 cup boiling water; steep for 30 minutes and strain. As a tonic, take cold, 1 tsp. 3-6 times a day.
  • Tincture: take 10-40 drops in liquid at a time.
  • A salve for external application may be made by combining equal parts of the powdered herb and vaseline.

       Chinese formula for colds, flu, etc.: Boneset) 1/2 oz., Peppermint leaves 1/2 oz., dried elder flowers 1 oz.,

  • Simmer the elder blossoms in 1 pint of water for 20 minutes, strain. Place boneset and peppermint leaves in a separate container, and add 1 pint of boiling water (do not continue to boil). Cover, allow to stand for 1/2 hour, and then strain. Add this brew to the elder tea, and then reheat the mixture and drink 1/2 pint, hot, every 15 minutes until relief is obtained. 

Precautions - Boneset is most effective when taken on the first day of symptoms. Safety for pregnant women, nursing mothers, children under the age of 6, or persons with severe liver or kidney disease has not been established.

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