What is Gravelroot?

To the Native Americans who embraced what was known at the time as Joe-Pye weed after a New England medicine man used the plant to cure typhus cases, gravelroot was a pretty useful herbal remedy. In this article, you will learn about the stimulating characteristics of the plant, which is also known as an effective laxative, and diuretic.


Gravelroot is known for its bitter and pungent taste, which is also known for its drying effects. Depending on the species of plant, gravelroot may present coldness or coolness. The plant harbors tannins, flavonoids, and lactones, which help to prevent scurvy, promotes bile flow and sweating, as well as stimulates the immune system. Some have also used the plant as an expectorant.


The parts of the gravelroot plant are the aerial pieces of the weed (fresh or dried) and the root (fresh or dried). The aerial parts are considered an efficient remedy for colds that bring fever, as well as treats intense sores. Current research has revealed that a compound referred to as eupatoriopicrin may also possess an action that combats cancerous tumors. The best time to harvest the aerial parts of gravelroot is while the plant is flowering during the fall season.


As for the root, individuals have benefited from its diuretic tendencies, which have proven quite useful for clearing stones from the urinary tract. The root is also used to treat problems associated with the prostate in men and may also help women conquer menstrual pain. In cases of childbirth, the root is also known to ease childbirth. Harvesting in the fall is recommended for this part of the plant.


To create your own herbal remedies at home using gravelroot, you may create infusions, tinctures, and decoctions. The aerial parts of the plant create an infusion that when drunk will ease the pains associated with rheumatism and other cases of arthritis. Stronger infusions are used to treat a stagnant liver, as well as some cases of constipation. A tincture made from the aerial parts of gravelroot treats feverish colds and the flu (a suggested dose is five drops). When combined with ground ivy and elderflower, an individual may treat phlegm-heavy ailments.


The root of gravelroot makes a decoction that can be used against menstrual pain. Some women also sip this kind of decoction during their labor. The cleansing effect associated with the plant also aids persistent urinary infections. Gravelroot tinctures made from the root combats the symptoms of urinary disorders (cystitis) with a recommended dosage of 2 to 3 milliliters taken three times per day.