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Stone Root

Scientific Names

Stone Root

  • Collinsonia canadensis L.
  • Labiatae
  • Mint family

Common Names

  • Collinsonia
  • Hardhack
  • Hardrock
  • Heal-all
  • Horse-balm
  • Horseweed
  • Knob grass
  • Knob root
  • Ox-balm
  • Richweed

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Parts Usually Used

Rootstock, leaves
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Description of Plant(s) and Culture

Stone root is a native North American perennial plant; the hard, knobby rootstock sends up a quadrangular stem from 1-4 feet tall, with opposite, ovate, serrate leaves which are pointed at the apex and narrowed or heart-shaped at the base. The two-lipped (with fringed lower lip), greenish-yellow, lemon-scented flowers, stamen strongly protruding, grow in a loose panicled raceme at the top of the stem from July to October.

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Where Found

Found in rich, damp woods from Quebec to Florida and westward to Wisconsin, Missouri, and Arkansas.
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Medicinal Properties

Diuretic, tonic, vulnerary, astringent, diaphoretic, emmenagogue, alterative
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Biochemical Information

13,000 parts per million of rosmarinic acid, resin, starch, tannin, mucilage and a wax-like stubstance
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Legends, Myths and Stories

In the mountains of Tennessee, Virginia, Kentucky, and Carolina, the root of this herb is considered as a panacea and is being used outwardly and inwardly for many diseases.
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An infusion of stone root makes a good diuretic for urinary problems, female disorders, and excessive water retention. It is often included with other plants as part of a mixture. The fresh leaves can be used externally, as poultice or fomentation, to help heal wounds, sores, cuts, ulcers, sprains, burns, and bruises, poison oak and ivy. Root tea used for piles, hoarseness, laryngitis, indigestion, diarrhea, dysentery, dropsy, kidney and bladder ailments, cystitis.

A remedy in functional, vascular diseases of the heart, headache, chronic bronchitis, colic, dropsy, cramps. Seems to be safe for pregnant women.
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Formulas or Dosages

The fresh rootstock is better than the dried.

Infusion: steep 1 tsp. rootstock in 1 cup water. Take 1 cup a day, a mouthful at a time.

Tincture: a dose is from 5-20 drops.
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Minute doses of fresh leaves may cause vomiting.
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