Latin name: Eupatorium perfoliatum
Health Benefits of Boneset
Boneset is a plant in the same family as Echinacea Purpurea. Its flowers and leaves contain volatile oils, bitter elements such as eupatrid, tannins, flavonoids, sterols, and gallic acid. It is used as a treatment for a wide range of ailments that include infections of many kinds and also fever related illnesses. Health benefits include:
- It is well known as a strong diaphoretic, helping the body eliminate toxins through sweating, and at the same time assisting a fever in running its natural course so it can safely subside.
- Acts as a mild laxative and a diuretic which assists the body in cleansing and relieving toxins, a necessary step in healing any infection.
- A great treatment for the flu as it helps to relieve aches and pains associated with the ailment. This is due to its anti-spasmodic properties which are also useful in helping with stomach cramps, arthritis, and muscle tension.
- Can help to reduce appetite and indigestion when taken before a meal.
- Helps with jaundice, respiratory allergies, skin diseases, and the common cold.
- As and anti-catarrhal herb, it helps to clear mucous from the upper respiratory tract, relieving congestion.
How to Use Boneset
- When used in hot tea, it will relieve the aches associated with the flu. It is beneficial for all pains, and helps with congestion and other symptoms associated with the common cold and flu.
Cautions and Side Effects of Boneset
- Do not use during pregnancy or while nursing
- Do no use if you have a history of liver disease
- Do not use when a high fever is present (over 102 degrees F)
- Do not take longer than 6 months at a time.
Fun Facts About Boneset
- Boneset was used during the civil war to treat fevers in the Confederate troops.