Hello! And welcome to the 2016 A-Z CHALLENGE!!
* confetti *
This year, I’m blogging my way through a botanical alphabet.
I hope you enjoy your time here and by all means,
come back tomorrow and see what plant I’m highlighting next! Cheers!!
QUEEN OF THE MEADOW
aka: gravel root, Joe Pye Weed, kidney root
photo from Alchemy Works
Queen of the Meadow was used extensively by many Native American tribes as an antibiotic, antiseptic, diuretic, nervine, relaxant, stimulant, and tonic. It's common name, Joe Pye Weed, was given in honor of a Native American healer in New England who used it to help cure typhus.
It's a soothing herb for the urinary tract and can help dissolve kidney stones. It has also been used in rheumatic conditions and other inflammatory diseases.
Externally Queen of the Meadow essential oil is used in massage oils, bath oils, and liniments directed at treating cellulite.
The tall, stately blooms appear in summer and earning its title of Queen. If you decide to collect the roots for drying, they're best when gathered in autumn.
All research references can be found in my Library of Botanical Miscellany.
These posts are in NO WAY medical suggestions. They are intended for informational purposes only.
If you are interested in pursuing natural, herbal remedies, get thee to a reputable herb shop (preferably one that is locally and independently owned and operated) and get educated!
It’s ridiculous that anyone writing about herbal and traditional remedies should have to put a disclaimer at the end of anything.
Use your brain and think for yourself! Just as you shouldn't take a pharmaceutical at face value,
do your herbal research and learn about the amazing plants around us.