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Actions: the root, leaves and flowers are expectorant. The leaves and root are demulcent and wound healing. The root itself, most commonly used, is a gentle diuretic and expectorant. Indications: for inflammations of any tissue, whether it be internal or external, it is excellent. It is very useful for cystitis, especially when combined with cleavers. It is a very soothing herb, specifically indicated for esophagitis or ulcers. It is often used in salves for healing topical burns and wounds.
Preparations and Dosage: to make a tea, soak 1 Tablespoon of the root in 3 cups room temperature water for 1 hour. Strain, then heat to boiling. Dilute if necessary. Drink 1-3 cups daily as needed.
For a poultice, make a paste of the powdered root with water to apply to skin inflammations and wounds.