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What is Collinsonia?

Collinsonia (also known as Horsebalm) is a genus of perennial herb native to North America. It has small, oval leaves and tiny yellow flowers. The plant grows up to 3 feet tall and produces a strong smell and an unpleasant taste. It can be found in the eastern and central United States.


Where is Collinsonia generally used?

Collinsonia has been used for centuries by Native Americans as a medicine for various ailments. It was traditionally used as a topical treatment for sore muscles, swelling, insect bites and sores. It was also ingested to treat digestive disorders, kidney problems, heartburn and asthma. In modern times, the plant is used as an aromatherapy treatment as well as a topical remedy.


Where is Collinsonia found? 

Collinsonia can be found growing wild in the eastern and central United States. The plant’s roots and leaves are collected from the wild and can be found in some health food stores. It can also be found in dried and powdered forms.


What are the health benefits of Collinsonia?


Collinsonia has a number of health benefits, such as:

  • Acting as an anti-inflammatory
  • Relieving sore muscles
  • Helping to reduce swelling 
  • Reducing pain from insect bites
  • Treating digestive disorders 
  • Relieving kidney problems 
  • Easing heartburn
  • Reducing asthma symptoms


Interesting Facts about Collinsonia

  • Collinsonia is known as “stone root” or “horsebalm” due to its earthy smell and taste.
  • Native Americans used it for centuries as a medicine and herbal remedy.
  • The leaves of the plant are still used in some herbal medicines today. 



List of Other Similar Ingredients

  • Pleurisy root 
  • Bitter root 
  • Yarrow 
  • Goldenseal 
  • Catnip 
  • Agrimony 
  • Sage
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