This week on the Herbal Collections blog, master herbalist Mary Colivn reviews Gravel Root, also known as Joe Pye Weeds, a common flowering plant that grows in swampy areas.
"The fresh root of this herb has been used for many afflictions and is best when combined with other diuretic herbs, stimulants, or even some demulcents (internally soothing herbs). Gravel root itself is considered a diuretic, a nervine, a tonic, a diaphoretic, an aperient, an astringent, and a powerful solvent. The Cherokee nation would take a section of the stem and use it to spray or blow medicine and use it as a tonic both during and after childbirth."
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