Scientific Name:Eupatorium perfoliatum L.
About this Herb:This perennial is found in eastern North America, from Nova Scotia to Florida, and Louisiana and Texas through North Dakota in swampy areas, moist meadows, low-lying damp ground, wet woods, and along stream banks.
Boneset grows from 3 to 4 feet tall with rough hairy stems, its long tapered leaves grow together around the stem. Flat-topped clusters of white or pale purple flowers appear to be held atop by the foliage. Native Americans used this plant to break a fever through sweating.
Common Names:Agueweed, Crosswort, Eupatorium, Feverwort, Indian sage, Sweating plant, Teasel, Thoroughwort, Tse-lan, Vegetable antimony, Wood boneset
Uses:Ingested as a hot tea or warm tonic, Boneset, promotes sweating, relaxes peripheral blood vessels, muscle cramps, sore throat, cough, headache, stuffy nose and fever. In a cold beverage, Boneset, works as a mild laxative and for gout, rheumatism, spasms, cystitis, sprains, bruises or broken bones, a hot poultice placed on the afflicted part is said to reduce inflammation, easing the discomfort.
Applications:Tea: Place leaves in boiling water and steep for 3 to 5 minutes, strain, add honey and pour into a cup. Drink 1 cup every 8 hours, followed by plenty of water.
Infusion: In 1 cup of boiling water add 1 tsp. of dried Boneset, steep for 20 minutes and strain. Take warm 3 to 5 tsp.
Poultice: Use leaves, flower tops and or roots.
Tincture: Prepare as for Infusion only take cold 3 to 6 tsp.