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Gravel Root Organic


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Also known as

Eupatorium purpureum, Gravelweed, Joe-Pye Weed, Jopi Weed, Kidney Root, Purple Boneset, Queen-of-the-Meadow Root, and Trumpet Weed.

Introduction

Gravel root is a native of the North American continent, growing from southern Canada through Florida, mostly in wet, wooded areas. Native American culture has a long history using gravel root. It was used to treat colds and fevers, and as a wash for joint pain. It was also considered an aphrodisiac. It was said that if you tucked a leaf into your check, it would ensure that any words spoken to the opposite sex would be well received. It is very often referred to as Joe Pye weed, or Sweet Joe Pye weed. As legend has it, Joe Pye was a Native American who used gravel root to help cure an outbreak of typhoid. Why the "sweet" part is sometimes attached seems to be a mystery to this day. It has often been considered a good luck charm among many American folks, many gamblers carry parts of the plant on them for good luck. It is also one of the integral ingredients in a mojo bag. It was used largely to treat urinary problems, especially kidney stones, or gravel. It is also used in traditional medicine to reduce fever, increase urination, and induce sweating to break a fever and as a general tonic during pregnancy and after childbirth.

Constituents

volatile oils

Parts Used

Root

Typical Preparations

As tea, in capsules and as an extract

Summary

The Iroquois called a decoction of gravel root "little medicine water" because of its healing properties. The herb is a diuretic, astringent, anti-inflammatory and febrifuge. It may be used to ease urination in cases where kidney stones are present, and can help relieve edema associated with gout and rheumatism. The tea may help break a fever by encouraging sweating, and is often used to treat diseases of the urogenital tract. Other Native American uses have included relieving constipation, washing wounds with a strong tea made from the root to prevent infection and as a general tonic taken during pregnancy and after childbirth. PLEASE NOTE! The internal use while pregnant was historically practiced by native peoples and its current use while pregnant is not recommended.

Precautions

Not recommended while pregnant. It should not be used in the long term as it may cause damage to the liver or kidneys.

 

 

For educational purposes only This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.
This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
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