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Boneset is a plant native to the wetlands of North America that has a long medicinal history and an attractive, distinctive appearance. Other names for Boneset are Thoroughwort, Agueweed, Indian Sage, Feverwort, Joe Pye Weed and Sweating Weed. While it is still sometimes grown and foraged for its healing properties, it may also appeal to American gardeners as a native plant that attracts pollinators.
Boneset was a favourite remedy of the Native North American tribes. The Menominees used it to reduce fever, the Iroquois and Mohegans for fever and colds, the Alabamas for upset stomachs and Creeks for body pain. Native Americans also used Boneset for arthritis, indigestion, constipation and loss of appetite.
Among European settlers Boneset soon became a popular remedy. In 1887, Dr. Millspaugh wrote: ”There is probably no plant in American domestic practice that has more extensive or frequent use that Boneset; the attic or woodshed of almost every farmhouse has bunches hanging from the rafters, ready for immediate use should some family member of neighbour be taken with a cold.” Finlay Ellingwood stated: “Boneset has an undoubted soothing influence upon the nervous system and is of much value in stomach disorders of nervous origin.”
The energetics and flavour of Boneset are bitter, astringent and cooling. Boneset has an affinity towards the stomach, liver, bowels, uterus, lungs, musculoskeletal system and immune system. Combine Boneset with Echinacea, Licorice and Elderflower to support the immune system. For lung support mix Boneset with Horehound Leaf, Mullein Leaf or Plantain Leaf. For support with painful joints and bones combine Boneset with Nettle Leaf, Ginger Root and Turmeric Root.
How to use:
1 teaspoon of Boneset to one cup of boiling water. Steep for 15 minutes, strain and drink up to three cups a day.
Cautions & contraindications:
This is a strong herb that should be used only when needed. Excessive dosage will cause purging. Boneset is related to gravel root which contains potentially liver damaging alkaloids.
This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any disease or illness. Please consult your healthcare provider before the use of this product if you are pregnant, nursing, taking medications or have a medical condition. Individual results may vary.
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