(Verbena hastata) From the very name of this herb, you might think its powers include the ability to mend broken bones. In fact, Boneset is traditionally used as a cough and fever remedy! But perhaps it gets its name because of its effectiveness in treating the flu. A flu that caused severe body aches . . . right to the bone, was treated with Boneset . . . its application was called “breakbone fever.” It is also used as a mild tonic and is helpful in treating indigestion in the elderly. Boneset is a slow but continuous stimulant and tonic for the stomach, liver, bowel and uterus. Before the widespread use of aspirin, Boneset tea was one of the most popular home remedies for treating fever and colds.
- Primary Uses: Here are a few of the ailments Boneset can provide relief for: • Chills • Colds (with fever) • Coughs • Fevers (all kinds) • Flu • Malaria • Measles • Pain