The Uses and Benefits of Boneset

This perennial plant is a potent antiviral, and can also be used to treat toothache and osteoporosis.

| November 2015

  • Bee on boneset
    Boneset is a fairly common plant that can be used as a treatment for osteoporosis, or consumed as a tea to induce sweating.
    Photo by Fotolia
  • Heal Local book cover
    In "Heal Local: 20 Essential Herbs for Do-it-Yourself Home Healthcare," author and herbalist Dawn Combs demonstrates that by harnessing multifaceted whole plants, we can rely on homegrown or regionally-produced herbs for medical needs.
    Cover courtesy New Society Publishers

  • Bee on boneset
  • Heal Local book cover

In Heal Local: 20 Essential Herbs for Do-It-Yourself Home Healthcare (New Society Publishers, 2015) author and herbalist Dawn Combs makes herbal healthcare less intimidating and more attainable, helping locally-minded gardeners and non-gardeners alike take back food, goods and services from pharmaceutical corporations and sourcing them from small growers, producers, artisans and entrepreneurs. This section on Boneset comes from the chapter “The Herbs.”

You can purchase this book from the Mother Earth Living Store: Heal Local.

Boneset (Eupatorium perfoliatum)

Properties: Stimulant, diaphoretic, antimicrobial, antitumor



Harvest notes: This perennial is native where I live. Its leaves along with everything above ground are harvested in summer when the plant is in full bloom.

Boneset is a fairly common plant that is not widely used in today’s herbal practices. I don’t know why. It is a very potent antiviral, and when used as a hot tea it is also a diaphoretic.

MARILYNH
12/6/2015 5:31:58 PM

I could not find the boneset article in the November 2015 issue. I don't like to print these articles if they are already in the magazine.




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