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Stone Root

  • Collinsonia canadensis
  • Origin: USA
Stone Root


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Common Name

Standardized: stoneroot
Other: citronella, horse balm, richweed

Botanical Name

Collinsonia canadensis L.
Plant Family: Lamiaceae


Stone root is a flowering perennial native to North America with a habitat ranging all across the eastern United States and Canada. Part of the mint family, it produces small yellow flowers and can grow up to about four feet in height. The plant is notable for its distinct odor, described as having a lemony scent that is somewhat disagreeable. The root is very hard and heavy, difficult to pulverize or process into powder. The plant was discovered and named after English botanist Peter Collinson.

Parts Used

Cut and sifted root.

Typical Preparations

Extract of tea.


Stone root is a strong diuretic and is used to flush the urinary tract and provide kidney support. Its astringent properties may make it useful for mild digestive complaints, helping to constrict the intestinal lining. It may also be prepared as a gargle to relieve sore throat.

Much of the description and research related to stone root’s medicinal properties appeared in early 1900’s texts and is not based on contemporary medical research. As with all herbs, exercise discretion and seek advice from multiple independent sources.


Specific: No known precautions.
General: We recommend that you consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.

For educational purposes only. This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.
This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.