Botanical Name: Eupatorium purpureum
- English: Queen of the Meadow
- Also, known as: Gravel Root, Kidney Root, Joe-Pye Weed, Trumpet Weed, Purple Boneset
Harvested: Wild or cultivated
Parts Used: Root
Eupatorium purpureum, is an erect, herbaceous perennial plant that grows up to 7 feet tall, 3-4 feet wide and usually unbranched. Found in low meadows, woods, gravelly lots, and near water. The central stem is light green and glabrous, except where the whorls of leaves of occurring, where it is slightly swollen and purple. The leaves, from three to five at a joint, are broad, rough and jagged. The leaves are about 6" long and 3½" across, or sometimes larger; they are broadly lanceolate or ovate and crenate-serrated along the margins. Each leaf is dull green and hairless on the upper surface; the lower surface is pale green and hairless to finely pubescent. Clusters of dull pink, lavender, or white florets bloom late summer to early fall. Flowers are very attractive to butterflies.
The entire plant, in fact, is used in native medicine, with the roots being the strongest part. It is the official part, with a fragrance resembling that of old hay, and slightly bitter, an aromatic taste which is faintly astringent but not unpleasant. Crushed leaves have an apple scent and can be dried, then burned to repel flies.
How to use:
Decoctions are suitable for roots, barks, large seeds & berries, and other dense material. The simple way to make decoction is, in a saucepan, add 1 tablespoon of dried herbs to 1 cup of water. Bring the water to boil, reduce heat and simmer for 30-60 minutes. Strain and squeeze out as much as liquid as possible and enjoy!
- You can sweeten your herbal decoctions with a bit of honey, natural fruit juice, stevia leaves powder and or licorice root powder.
You should consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using any herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.
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