Joe Pye Weed (Eupatorium purpureum) is also known as Gravel Root. This bag contains approximately 1/3 ounce of dried Joe Pye Weed leaves.
Joe Pye Weed (Eupatorium purpureum) is also known as Gravel Root. This bag contains approximately 1/4 ounce of dried Joe Pye Weed roots.
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Also known as Gravel Root, Joe-Pye Weed contains Eupatorin, a powerful flavonoid, which is currently being studied as a treatment for cancer. Research shows that Eupatorin inhibits cancer cell growth without destroying normal cells and tissues.
Joe Pye Weed was used by Native Americans for both healing and magic. It was used to treat colds and fevers, as a wash for wounds, as a poultice for joint pain, and as a love potion.
Joe-Pye Weed roots are made into a tea by simmering for approximately 20 minutes. If using leaves and flowers, steep for 10 minutes.
The roots and rhizomes of Joe-Pye Weed are used in herbal medicine as a kidney tonic, to dissolve kidney stones, as an expectorant, to reduce fever, and to treat inflammation. The leaves are made into tea and used as a diuretic.
Joe-Pye Weed is a hardy perennial that prefers moist soil and full sun although it will tolerate part shade. It grows wild in North Georgia and can be found on roadsides, in thickets, and pastures. Since it can grow up to 12 feet tall, Joe-Pye Weed is sometimes called Queen of the Meadow.
Joe-Pye Weed is useful in the home landscape. It attracts several species of butterflies (including the Monarch) and makes an attractive addition to the flower border. To store Joe-Pye Weed for medicinal use, harvest leaves and flowers at any time. Harvest roots in the fall after frost.
* Do not use Joe Pye Weed on a regular basis. Joe-Pye Weed should only be taken in small amounts for a day or two. Overuse can cause liver and kidney damage. Always consult with a healthcare professional before using any medicinal herb especially if pregnant, nursing, or taking other medicines.