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AVENS   (GEUM URBANUM)

Family: Rosaceae

---Synonyms---Nodding Avens. Drooping Avens. Cure All. Water Flower. Indian Chocolate.
---Part Used---Root.
 

It hath long, rough, dark green winged leaves. On the tops of the branches stand small, pale yellow flowers, consisting of five leaves like the flowers of Cinquefoil.

---Medicinal Action and Uses---The Water Avens has similar properties to those of the Common Avens and is employed in the same way, the root having tonic and powerfully astringent action and being beneficial in passive haemorrhage and diarrhoea.Widely used because of its excellent properties as an antiseptic, aromatic, astringent, stomach tonic, febrifuge and styptic. A restorative in debilitating diseases, especially of the intestinal tract.

It is good for the diseases of the chest or breast, for pains and stitches in the side, and to expel crude and raw humours from the belly and stomach, by the sweet savour and warming quality. It dissolves inward congealed blood happening by falls or bruises, and the spitting of blood, if the roots, either green or dry, be boiled in wine and drunk: as also all manner of inward wounds or outward, if washed or bathed therewith. The decoction also being drunk, comforts the heart, and strengthens the stomach and a cold brain, and therefore is good in the springtime to open obstructions of the liver, and helpeth the wind colic. It also helps those that have fluxes, or are bursten, or have a rupture. It takes away spots or marks in the face being washed therewith. The juice of the fresh root, or powder of the dried root, have the same effect as the decoction. The root in the springtime, steeped in wine, doth give it a delicate flavour and taste, and being drunk fasting every morning, comforts the heart, and is a good preservative against the plague or any other poison. It helpeth digestion, warmeth a cold stomach and openeth obstructions of the liver and spleen.

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