Boneset is used for its ability to mend broken bones. However, its also well known as a cough and fever herbal remedy. Boneset is slow to work but it constantly stimulates the stomach, liver, bowels, and uterus. Boneset has also helped with chills, colds, coughs, malaria, measles, and muscle aches. It takes care of pain caused by rheumatism, rocky mountain spotted fever, scarlet fever, sore throat, tonic, typhoid fever, yellow fever.
Latin Name: Eupatorium perfoliatum
Common Names: Boneset, thoroughwort, vegetable antimony, feverwort, agueweed, Indian sage, sweating plan, eupatorium, crosswort, thoroughtem, thoroughwax, wild Isaac
The whole herb is used but the leaves and tops contain volatile oil, some tannic acid, and Eupatorin.
Stimulant, febrifuge (reduces fever) and laxative. It acts slowly and persistently, and its greatest power is apparent on the stomach, liver, bowels, and uterus.
Topical Uses / Applications:
Boneset should not be used during pregnancy. Avoid using Boneset if there is allergic hypersensitivity to other Asteracea plants.
Boneset was a favorite healing herb of the North American Indians, who called it by a name ‘Ague-weed,’ and it has always been a popular remedy in the United States for the flu. It is frequently used and is in the official United States Pharmacopceia. Civil War troops received Boneset infusions not only as remedies when they feel victim to fevers, but also as tonics to keep them healthy.
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