Metaphysical Properties Of Stone Root
Official Name: Collinsonia canadensis
Other Names: Stone Root, Hardhack, Horseweed, Heal-all, Knob Grass, Knob Root, Richweed, Richleaf, Knobweed, Hardback
Common Magickal Uses and Folklore
Stoneroot is an American folk remedy for indigestion, diarrhea, and dysentery. Spiritually it is used for protection.
Collinsonia is said to be a tonic, stimulant, and diuretic. It acts on the blood, mucous tissues, relieving irritation on the cranial nerves, supplying the heart, lungs, upper digestive tract, and other organs of the chest and abdomen). Minute doses of the green plant will provoke vomiting. A warm infusion will cause perspiration. The bruised leaves can be applied as a poultice in burns, bruises, wounds, ulcers, sores, sprains, contusions, and internal abdominal problems. The root is used in female matters, piles, urinary diseases, and gastrointestinal affections.
The remedy has been used with varying degrees of success in treating amenorrhea, dysmenorrhea, menorrhagia, vicarious menstruation, prolapsus uteri, leucorrhoea, threatened abortion, and pruritis vulvae, dependent on varicosis.
It tones the renal organs and alleviating irritation. Catarrhal conditions of renal, vesical, or genito-urinary organs, respiratory mucous surfaces can benefit from it. The cough of phthisis is reduced by its use.
The first uses of Collinsonia or Stoneroot were in treating a form of laryngitis known as "minister's sore throat." It is useful in treating forms of chronic laryngitis, pharyngitis, and some cases of chronic bronchitis and tracheitis. It is a remedy for aphonia, resulting from vascular hyperemia or from congestion. It only takes a teaspoonful every 3 or 4 hours.
With diseases of the gastrointestinal tract, it relieves irritation, improving the appetite, promoting the flow of gastric juice. It is a remedy for indigestion, irritative dyspepsia, chronic gastritis, chronic gastric catarrh, diarrhea, dysentery, colic, and spasmodic conditions of the stomach and intestines.
It can be used as a tonic for the relief of constipation. In rectal ailments, give a small dose for relief. It is useful for hemorrhoids when irritation is present. Doses should be no more than 1 or 2 drops of Collinsonia in water, repeated 3 or 4 times a day. It relieves pains in the rectal area; hypogastric pain can be relieved when there are no bladder aliments. It is valued as a stimulant and tonic in cases of atonic dyspepsia and chronic disease with poor digestion, increasing secretion from the kidneys and skin and relieving irritation of the nervous system. In chronic diseases of the respiratory, it may relieve pulmonary irritation as it acts as a stimulating expectorant. In irritation of the pneumogastric nerve, heart disease, and that peculiarly distressing asthma simulating, and sometimes attending phthisis, it has been practiced for its ability to quiet irritation, increasing strength and regularity to the heart and increasing the overall strength of the patient. Collinsonia acts on the tissues and valves of the heart, relieving irritation, increasing its power to regulate its contractions. It is a drug in hydropericardium, rheumatic heart troubles, and functional disorders due to inflammation of the stomach. Lack of tonicity of the blood vessels can be overcome by Collinsonia.
It has its uses in-ear diseases with secretions, failing to get good results after suppuration ensues; also in the early stage of middle ear disorders with hypertrophied Luschka's glands are complications.
Other species of Collinsonia may possess similar virtues. Dose of the infusion, from ½ to 2 fluid ounces. Webster prefers a strong tincture of the green plant to that of the root, in doses of a fraction of a drop to 5 drops in acute cases, 4 or 5 times a day in chronic troubles; specific collinsonia (root), 1/10 to 15 drops, the smaller dose being preferable in hemorrhoids; tincture, 10 to 30 drops four times a day.
Please consult a medical practitioner before using this or any herb to treat medical conditions. Some herbs can interact with prescription medications and should only be used under the care of a medical professional.