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Boneset is used to treat fever, aches and pains associated with influenza. It combines well with yarrow, elder flowers, cayenne or ginger. English folklore notes that the leaves can be burned to get rid of wasps and flies. A stimulating, tonic anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic diaphoretic in conditions of catarrh such as bronchitis. One of the best remedies for the relief of the associated symptoms that accompany influenza (night sweats, aching bones). It will speedily relieve the aches and pain as well as aid the body in dealing with any fever that is present. Boneset may also be used to help clear the upper respiratory tract of mucus congestion. It can safely be used in any fever and also as a general cleansing agent. It may provide symptomatic relief in the treatment of muscular rheumatism.
Anticatarrhal, Antiinflammatory, Antipyretic, Diaphoretic, Laxative, Antispasmodic, Astringent, Diuretic, Immunostimulatory
Infusion: 1-2 tsp herb/cup water; during fevers of the flu drink 1 cup every half hour as hot as possible. Tincture (1:5, 25%), 2-4 ml TID. The herb is dried and chopped. Whole herb in capsules, teas, and tinctures. The tea is very bitter.