root (Collinsonia canadensis) is a
unique plant that goes by many names: stone root, heal-all, knob-root,
horse-balm, and many others. The root of the Collinsonia plant is the part most
often utilized, but the leaves also have medicinal value. Collinsonia leaves are traditionally used as a
poultice for sprains, burns, bruises, ulcers, and other wounds, as it may
improve capillary function and support speedy healing.
Historically, collinsonia root has had many different therapeutic uses, specifically for irritations of mucus membranes, to support the venous system, and to treat hemorrhoids.
Collinsonia root is used to support various circulatory conditions and is believed to help support the integrity of veins and capillaries, which is why it is sometimes used as a remedy for varicose veins. It has also been historically used as a tonic to support the vasculature of the heart and cardiovascular system. Today, it’s most commonly used in the treatment of hemorrhoids.
Since Collinsonia is regarded as a tonic for mucosa, it has been used for any irritation of the mouth and throat, including laryngitis, pharyngitis, and even bronchitis. One of collinsonia root’s earliest uses was for a specific type of laryngitis, resulting from the prolonged and excessive use of the voice in a strained or unnatural key.
Collinsonia roothas been touted as a remedy for a
wide variety of digestive issues, in addition to being a specific remedy for
hemorrhoids. It was used to support the tone and mucosa of the digestive tract
and to improve appetite, digestion, and assimilation of nutrients. It has also
been used for diarrhea, constipation, and flatulence.
Consider collinsonia root for:
- Varicose veins
- Complaints of chronic constipation resulting in lower abdominal “pressure” or feelings of incomplete evacuation