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Common boneset (Eupatorium perfoliatum)


antispasmodic, diaphoretic, bilious, nausea-inducing, antipyretic, laxative, stimulating, vasodilating, expectorant

Areas of application:

Fever, colds, flu, bronchitis, respiratory infections, dengue fever, malaria, yellow fever, typhoid

Plant parts used:

flowers and leaves

Collection time:

in summer, just before the buds open

To find:

In North America, now also in Europe. Low-lying areas that contain moist soil on stream or lake banks, in forest clearings, on forest paths, in alluvial forests, in thickets and in swampy areas.


Eupatorin, essential oil, resin, tannins, inulin, polysaccharides, sesquiterpene lactones


☕ Common boneset infusion: Place 30 g of dried mixed Common boneset leaves in a 1 liter container and pour 1 liter of boiling water over them. Close the container tightly with a lid and shake gently so that the herb is well distributed. Be careful when shaking! Let it steep for 4 hours, then strain. Warm the infusion before drinking, it is very bitter. For fever, colds, flu and similar illnesses.

The Common boneset has upright, hairy stems that reach 60 to 120 cm high and branch at the tip. The leaves are large, opposite and connected at the base. They are lance-shaped, finely toothed and have pronounced veins. The leaves are 10 to 20 cm long, with the lower leaves being larger than the upper ones. The leaves are rough on the upper side and downy, resinous and spotted on the underside. The leaves of the water dost are easy to recognize. They are either pierced by the stem or grown together, i.e. two opposite leaves are connected at the base. The numerous large flower heads of the waterweed are terminal and slightly domed, with 10 to 20 small white flowers that have bristly hair in one row. The scent is slightly aromatic, the taste is acrid and strongly bitter. The plant blooms from July to September and can vary greatly in size, hairiness and other aspects.

🛑 Pregnant women and nursing mothers as well as small children should avoid drinking water. Not suitable for long term use!!!

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