Uses: Believed to be effective in treating wounds and other
Add to your bath water
to improve circulation.
Externally applied to
stop bleeding, it also has the reputation for controlling internal
bleeding. A poultice can be used to reduce the swelling from inflamed
The tea has been used
to relieve stomach aches and soothe stomach ulcers. Soak your nails
in a solution to strengthen them. The tea was used in compresses
and washes to treat stubborn skin wounds.
When used as a mouthwash/gargle,
it may be effective for treating infections of the mouth and throat.
Native Americans use
it as a diuretic when there is difficulty expelling urine.
Native Americans and
Mexicans used the dried stems to scour cooking pots while Early
American carpenters and other craftsman used the dried stems to
smooth and polish woods, ivory and metals.