Atop a sturdy greenish stem, a dome-shaped cluster of dull pink flower heads, and foliage that smells like vanilla, when crushed. The flower heads are 1/3 inch wide, in cluster 4 to 5-1/2 wide. The leaves are 2-1/2 to 8 inches long, in whorls of 3 to 5, thick, lanceolate, coarsely toothed. The height of the plant is 2 to 6 feet.
Family: Compositae (Sunflower family)
Other Names: Gravel root, queen of the meadow, purple boneset, kidneywort, trumpet weed, gravel weed
Flowers: July – September
Parts Used: Root and rhizome
Habitat: Thickets. New Hampshire to Florida; Arkansas, Oklahoma; west Nebraska to Minnesota.
Constituents: Flavonoids including eupatorin, volatile oil, resin.
Properties: Astringent, Diuretic, Tonic.
Main Uses: Kidney and urinary infections and stones; prostate inflammation; pelvic inflammatory disease (PID); painful periods; rheumatism and gout.
Preparation And Dosages:
Root infusion: Steep 1 oz. rootstock in 1 pint water for 30 minutes. Take 1 oz. every three hours, or as needed.
Tincture: Fresh root (1:2), dry root (1:5), 60% alcohol. Take 30 to 90 drops in a cup of warm water.