Posted by on Dec 14, 2012 in Herbal Profiles, Kerri Bailey | 0 comments

As traditional herbal remedy, Boneset was widely used by the American Indians for the treatment of rheumatism, jaundice, colds and influenza. The name Boneset is derived from its historical use in treating a viral infection known as dengue or break bone fever, a painful sickness common during the civil war.

Native to North America, Boneset is a perennial found in moist, damp soil. It grows to 2-5′ tall, bearing fluffy, white flowers in late summer. The stem has the appearance of penetrating the leaves through the center which earned it the botanical name of Eupatorium perfoliatum, a Joe-Pye (or Gravel Root) relative.

Boneset is one of the best remedies for colds and flu relieving aches, pains and fevers. It is also used as an immune enhancer, for anti-tumor activity, as a laxative, and antispasmodic. As an expectorant, Boneset relieves bronchitis, and other respiratory ailments. There is dual action of Boneset, when taken warm it treats fevers, colds, flu, aches and pains. When taken cold, Boneset acts as a tonic relaxing the stomach and liver, aiding in the production of bile and detoxifying spleen and liver. Boneset is also nutritive containing at least 23 nutrients including calcium, chromium, iron, magnesium, niacin, selenium, vitamin A, vitamin C and zinc.  

Boneset is a cool, bitter herb intended for short term use. It is usually taken as a tea, encapsulated or as a tincture. As a tea, it is often mixed with other herbs such as yarrow, elder, peppermint and chamomile. Pregnant and nursing women, liver & kidney compromised individuals and those taking prescription medications(may enhance effects) should not consume Boneset except under professional guidance. Long term, high doses of Boneset are not recommended.

We have a Cold and Flu tea blend infusion with Boneset if you would like to try it.  It has a lemony, mint taste with a Linden and Chamomile flowers.

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