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Collinsonia canadensis
plant overview
the tonic for talkers

Stone root is a member of the mint family that is distributed throughout northeastern Canada and the U.S. Stone root is also known as horse balm, knob weed, knot root, hard back and various other common names. The leaves and roots of the plant, which contain resins, saponins, tannins, and mucilage, are traditionally used to produce tinctures and poultices for topical use. One of the best-known stone root herb uses is as a gargle to restore “preacher's throat.”

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A Bit of Botany

a little botanical information on stone root

Collinsonia canadensis is a perennial herb of the Lamiaceae, or mint, family.

Stone root's stem is four-sided and is often very smooth (though sometimes is slightly pubescent) and grows three to four feet high. Its thin leaves are few in number, three to four inches long and two to three inches broad. The coarsely serrate leaves are acuminate, abrupt or subcordate at base, and may have a pungent lemon scent.

The plant's large often lemon-scented flowers are in loose, compound racemes; with a corolla half an inch or more in length. The corolla is yellow tinged with green, and its elongated lower lip is fringed. The very hard, dusky brown root of this herb is knotty and rough. It grows many slender fibers, that when fresh are of a somewhat unpleasant balsamic odor.

common names & nomenclature
Stone root was discovered by (and named for) Peter Collinson (1693–1768). Peter Collinson was an English merchant botanist, whose interest was in cultivating new American plants and transporting them to England.

Also known as:
stone root, horse balm, knob weed, knot root, hard back, hardhack, ox balm, richweed, heal-all

Stone Root, the tonic for talkers

Where in the World

habitat and range for stone root

Collinsonia canadensis is native to eastern North America from Quebec south to Florida and as far west as Missouri, although it is mainly found east of the Mississippi River.

Cultivation & Harvesting

considerations on growing and harvesting stone root

Found growing in rich and moist woods and fields in dappled shade.

Stone root prefers a sandy peat in a moist location but it is easily grown in ordinary garden soils so long as it is not permitted to dry out.

Sow seeds as soon as they are ripe in a cold frame. The seed can also be sown in the spring, though it might be slower to germinate. Transplant out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and grow them on in light shade in a greenhouse or cold frame. Plant them out in spring or early summer of their second year.

Harvest roots in the fall, dry for later use.

Store dried cut and sifted stone root and powdered stone root in an airtight container in a cool, dry place.

The Rest of the Story

additional information

stone root provides relief for the kidneys
Stone root gets its name from the effect it has on the body. It primarily works as a diuretic that helps to remove excess fluids from the body. As the name suggests, it’s particularly helpful when it comes to treating kidney stones. Stone root is a plant that’s native to North America and while it’s mainly used for the urinary tract, you’ll see that it has some other important uses.

Primarily, stone root can help to relieve kidney stones and help to treat them. It can make it easier for you to pass a kidney stone should you be unlucky enough to have one. At the same time, stone root works to remove excess fluids from the body. This makes it very helpful for treating edema — a situation where there is excess fluid residing in the tissues of the body.

Its ability to remove excess fluid from the body also helps it to work on the blood vessels in the body. It can help to lower blood pressure and actually relieve pressure on problem blood vessels such as hemorrhoids and varicose veins. This is a great help when you need immediate relief form these abnormalities.

If you have problems with your digestive system such as irritable bowel syndrome or colitis (inflammation of the colon), you‘ll find that stone root can provide relief. It will help to soothe the inflammation and have your bowels return to normal function. Along with making necessary dietary changes, stone root can be a great help for you when it comes to your digestive health.

When you have cuts, scrapes or bruises on your skin, stone root can be applied directly to your injury and allow you to have relief. It will reduce the swelling of an injury and help you to heal faster. You’ll also find that you have less pain.

Stone root can be used several ways. As a decoction, you’ll want to drink it three times a day. As a tincture, you can take 1-2 milliliters each day. Just that little bit is all it takes to help restore good health to your urinary tract and other systems of the body.

There’s no need to suffer when you have problems with your kidneys or with skin irritations. Varicose veins and hemorrhoids can be embarrassing and uncomfortable—and you don’t need to suffer with them either. Making stone root a part of your routine will help to provide you with relief.

Formulas & recipes
Stone root medicinal uses
There are many stone root benefits when the herb is used medicinally. While the flowers and leaves of the plant are used to make teas and other body care products, the root of the herb is said to help improve circulation. Stone root is dried to make stone root powder, which is an easier form to encapsulate. Taking the herb in a capsule tends to be the preferred method of ingestion due to the herb’s unpleasant smell.

Stone root tea recipe
-Blend 1 teaspoon of stone root with preferred tea in a tea bag
-Pour a cup of boiled water over the tea bag
-Let steep for 8-10 minutes
-Enjoy with added sweetener

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