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Clove root (Geum rivale)

Brook clove root


Hemostatic, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, heart-strengthening, disinfectant, appetite-stimulating, constipating

Areas of application:

Conjunctivitis, fatigue, insomnia, anxiety, heart failure, heart problems, feverish illnesses

Plant parts used:

flowering herb, roots

Collection time:

July to August, rooting in spring or autumn

To find:

In moist bushes in headwaters.


Bitter substances, tannins, resins, essential oil (eugenol)


☕ Tea: Pour 1/4 liter of boiling water over 2 teaspoons of herb. Then let it steep for about 10 minutes and then strain.

Add 1 teaspoon of dried root (lightly filled) with 1/4 liter of cold water, heat to the boil and let it steep for about 5 minutes.

Too much of the essential oil can lead to mild intoxication due to the eugenol it contains. Be careful with children, administration should be kept in moderation. It's better to have too little rather than too much.

The clove root is a little weaker than the real clove root (Geum urbanum), but you can still use it for all areas like the clove root.

5 times the amount of plant material, a strong decoction or infusion, is a reliable biological control agent for bedbugs and other insect pests. To do this, simply fill the liquid into a spray bottle with an atomizer and spray the affected walls/corners etc.

In the kitchen, grated clove root is a spice for dishes with chocolate or as mousse au chocolat.

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