Avens is known as wood avens, herb Bennet, Bennet’s root, colewort, wild rye.
Avens is found in hedges, woods, and shady banks in Europe, western Asia, and North Africa.
Avens can reach a height between 30 to 70 cm with upright stem covered with soft, gray-white hair.
The medicinal part is derived from the root and the aerial parts of the plant.
Traditional Uses and benefits
The plant contains tannins, phenolic acids, small quantities of essential oil, glucose, and sesquiterpene lactone.
It has been used in traditional Austrian medicine internally as a tea to treat rheumatism, gout, infections, and fever. It is also used traditionally as a gargle or mouthwash to treat a sore throat and bad breath. As a herbal wash, it can be used for vaginal discharge in lotion or ointment to relieve hemorrhoids.
It is considered a remedy for digestive system diseases such as diarrhea, dysentery, peptic ulcers, ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, and other inflammatory bowel diseases.
It helps in reducing nausea and prevent vomiting. The bitter substances stimulate appetite and trigger gastric secretion and bowel movements, while the essential oil in the rhizome has antispasmodic action and inhibits gas formation.
Furthermore, the herb is helpful as a treatment for high fevers and sometimes used as a substitute for quinine. It has been used in folk medicine to relieve chronic bronchitis and toothache.
Dosage and Precautions
Boil 1-4 g dried herb or root and simmer for 5 minutes, drink it three times a day. The tea can also be used as a mouthwash or a gargle.
If you want to use liquid extract, use 1-4 ml three times daily.
Avoid using avens during pregnancy. Excessive consumption may cause severe stomach aches.
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