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AVENS HERBAL DESCRIPTION
BREATH FRESHENER & TONIC
Avens is also known as Geum urbanum, Chocolate root, City Avens, Wood Avens, Clove root, Colewort, Goldy Star, Herb Bennet, Way Bennet, and Wild Rye.
Avens is a perennial plant with a single round stem divided into 3 branches that become petioles for yellow and pale pink flowers. The thick, brown root smells like cloves. In the 19th century, the roots of Avens were boiled in wine and used to ward off the plague. A decoction was used for stomach complaints and for venomous bites. They also chewed the root to eliminate bad breath. It was also used to flavor ale and was put in with the linens to keep them smelling fresh and to keep the moths away. Avens root has astringent, styptic, stomachic, antiseptic, sudorific, febrifuge, and tonic properties.
AVENS USES & SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE
Today herbalists recommend Avens for a variety of intestinal disturbances such diarrhea and stomach pains, peptic ulcers, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and dysentery.
Avens stimulates the appetite and works as a tonic when convalescing from illness. A gargle made from the fresh root works well for gum problems, canker sores, halitosis, and infections of the pharnynx and larynx. A wine extract from Avens root promotes digestion in elderly people and works to treat chronic bronchial catarrh and intermittent fever. This herb has been used in a lotion or ointment to soothe hemorrhoids, but Avens can also be used as a douche for treating excessive vaginal discharge. It is also used in a poultice for eczema and skin allergies such as hives.
AVENS DOSAGE INFORMATION
Avens comes in various forms and is an ingredient in many products.
For use as a decoction take 1 teaspoon of the root in 1 cup of boiling water. Drink 3 times a day.
In using a tincture, take 1 to 3 ml three times a day.
For other formulations read and follow product label directions.
AVENS SAFETY, CAUTIONS & INTERACTION INFORMATION
Avens is generally regarded as safe when taken in the recommended doses.
However, if you are taking other medications, it is best to consult with your health care provider before using this herb to treat your condition. Safety in young children, pregnant or nursing women, or those with severe liver or kidney disease is not known.
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AVENS HERBAL PRODUCTS
Amazon: Avens (Geum Urbanum) Seed Garden Products
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Horizon Herbs: Avens (Geum Urbanum) Seeds, Organic, Packet of 100
Family: Rose (Rosaceae). Hardy to all zones. Herbaceous perennial. Handsome blue-green plant with yellow flowers. Astringent tea of the fresh or dried root is used as a swish to treat sore gums, oral ulcers. Good subject for poor soil areas or rock gardens. Sow fall or early spring. Plant 1 foot apart. Flowers yellow to 2 feet tall. 100 Seeds/pkt., Certified Organically Grown.
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