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Gravel Root (Eupatorium Purpureum)


Grave root as known as Eupatorium Purpureum is a herbal plant that is grown or easily found in southern parts of Canada and in Maine, Texas and also in Florida. It belongs to the plant family Compositae. It is mainly used for medicinal purposes as it has anti-lithic, stimulant, astringent, tonic and anti-rheumatic and also relaxant properties. It grows from 3 feet to about 12 feet tall. It leaves are also 1 inch wide and abou8t 8 inches long. They have numerous flowers that are pale, dull magenta, whitish or lavender pink in color. Whereas the roots of the herbal plant are grayish brown and have an odor that resembles wet or old hay.

Medical Uses

There are many ways that you can use grave root and they include the following:-

  1. Gravel root is essential for curing and preventing conditions that affect the brain and the nervous system.  One of the conditions that are treated by this herb is neuralgia.
  2. You can also use this herbal plant to cure genitourinary conditions and the include gout, gravel, kidney problems, dropsy, painful urination and hematuria among other related conditions.
  3. Eupatorium Purpureum is also a great herbal remedy for taking care of gastrointestinal problems such as indigestion especially in older people and also dyspepsia among others.
  4. In case of inflammatory infections or problems, grave root is an essential herbal cure that you should go for. It heals conditions such as rheumatism and catarrh among others.
  5.  If you are faced by respiratory problems like influenza, you should not have any worries as you can take care of the condition immediately by using the Eupatorium Purpureum as it is a great herbal remedy.
  6. Other conditions that you can treat using gravel root are tapeworms, intermittent fever and debility to name but a few.


Dosage and Administration

 It is very easy to use gravel root at home. However, you need to have common knowledge on how to dose or administer this herbal medicine. You should not consumer any tablets or fluids of the gravel root that you will stumble upon. You need to make sure that you seek recommendation and assistance from a professionally trained and experienced doctor who knows how herbal medicine work.  Before, you administer or take a dose of this herb, you need to find more about your health status or age of the person in need of the herb. You should not use this herb when you are pregnant or have liver infections. You need to take 15 to 30 ml of the herb per week or as the fluid extract at a ratio of 1:2.

Additionally, you also need to always look arte the directions offered by pharmacists on the herbal package. Gravel root also comes in different forms. You can take it as a tea whereby you need to prepare 1 teaspoon of the herb with a cup of boiling water and drink it for three times a day.  If you decide to use tincture, you need to take 1 to 2 ml of the herb 2 to 3 times a day.

Parts Used

 It is advisable that before you start using gravel root for medical purposes, you know the specific parts that are used especially if you are getting the herb from your garden.  The roots are the main parts of this herbal plant that are used in most cases. You need to get them in fresh form or go for the flowers of the parts as they are also substantial for curing several infections.


The many benefits that are associated with consumption of gravel root. It is a great herb that will cure several infections but there are many other benefits that you should be aware of and they include:-

  1. You can combine gravel root with parsley piert or hydrangea to help cure kidney stones.
  2.  If you combine this herb with Dead nettle you will also be able to take care of prostate problems.
  3. Gravel root is also essential for lower back pains, lame back and for those experiencing lumbago.
  4. Those experiencing menstrual problems and impotence can also try this herb as it is very effective.

Side effects

It is always advisable to go for the right dosage of gravel root. You should not overdose or use the herb wrongly as it mainly lead to severe side effects. They common side effects of gravel root include:-

  1. Pain in the chest
  2. Breathing problems
  3. Rashes
  4. Swollen and itchy skin
  5. Tightness in the chest or throat and
  6. Allergic reactions especially to those who are allergic to daises or ragweed.




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