Gravel Root and Powder Profile
Also known as
Eupatorium purpureum, Gravelweed, Joe-Pye Weed, Jopi Weed, Kidney Root, Purple Boneset, Queen-of-the-Meadow Root, and Trumpet Weed.
Gravel root is a native of the North American continent, growing from southern Canada through Florida, mostly in wet, wooded areas. Native American culture has a long history using gravel root. It was said that if you tucked a leaf into your check, it would ensure that any words spoken to the opposite sex would be well received. It is very often referred to as Joe Pye weed, or Sweet Joe Pye weed. As legend has it, Joe Pye was a Native American who used gravel root to help cure an outbreak of typhoid. Why the "sweet" part is sometimes attached seems to be a mystery to this day. It has often been considered a good luck charm among many American folks, many gamblers carry parts of the plant on them for good luck. It is also one of the integral ingredients in a mojo bag.
As tea, in capsules and as an extract
The Iroquois called a decoction of gravel root "little medicine water" because of its healing properties.
Not recommended while pregnant. It should not be used in the long term as it may cause damage to the liver or kidneys.
This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.