Boneset (Eupatorium perfoliatum)
Parts used: The whole herb
Boneset is one of the most potent herbs for fighting influenza. Dr. Edward Shook is quoted as saying “I have never known this herb to fail in overcoming influenza”. In the last century, Boneset was one of the most common herbs used in the home for home remedies. By the 18th and 19th century is was considered a general “cure all”.
Native Americans have used it for reducing fevers, body pains and colds/flu. A common name for Boneset was “break-bone fever” because sometimes the pain caused by flu seemed like breaking bones. It is also a mild tonic and aids in indigestion of the elderly.
One caution to note: boneset can be toxic if taken in excessive doses.
PABA (Para-amino benzoic acid (PABA) is considered to be in the B-complex vitamin family. The human body can make it from folic acid, since PABA forms the middle part of that vitamin)
Bronchitis, catarrh, chills, colds, fever preventer, fever breaker, flu, jaundice, liver disorders, malaria, measles, mumps, rheumatism, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Scarlet fever, Sore throat, tonic, typhoid fever, worms, yellow fever