Eupatorium perfoliatum

origin : United States


Boneset is a member of the Asteraceae, or daisy, family. It is a ubiquitous plant found growing in swamps, marshes, and shores from Canada to Florida and west to Texas and Nebraska. The plant easily is recognized by its long, tapering leaves that join each other around a single stout stem, giving the impression of one long leaf pierced at the center by the stem. Hence its name perfolia, meaning "through the leaves.


Boneset has been used as a charm and as a medicinal remedy for centuries by indigenous North Americans. As a charm, the root fibers were applied to hunting whistles with the belief that they would increase the whistle's ability to call deer. As an herbal remedy, American Indians used boneset as an antipyretic (to reduce fevers). The early settlers used the plant to treat rheumatism, dropsy, dengue fever, malaria, pneumonia, and influenza. The name boneset was derived from the plant's use in the treatment of breakbone fever, a term describing the high fever that often accompanies influenza. Boneset was official in the US Pharmacopeia from 1820 to 1900.



  • diuretic
  • purgetive
  • helps reduce fever
  • aids with constipation
  • used to treat influenza + swine flu + acute bronchitis + nasal inflammation + dengue fever + pneumonia
  • relieves joint pain (rheumatism) dengue fever


bitter + cool

Warning: If overconsumed can cause severe diarrhea and vomiting


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