The Avens – Geum Urbanum, also known as wood Avens, Herb Bennet, colewort and St. Benedict’s herb (Latin Herba Benedicta), is a perennial pubescent herb with a short, thick rhizome, in the rose family (Rosaceae), which grows in shady places (such as woodland edges and near hedgerows) in Europe and the Middle East.
Geum urbanum herb and roots have been used in the traditional Austrian medicine internally as tea for treatment of rheumatism, gout, infections, and fever.
Modern herbalists use it to treat diarrhea, heart disease, halitosis and mouth ulcers, and to prevent colic.
How to use the Avens powder as Herbal Medicine?
Pharyngitis, tonsillitis, chronic bronchitis – take this powder three times a day, half a teaspoon each time. The treatment lasts a minimum of 2 weeks in acute diseases, 6 weeks in chronic diseases, and has a strong antibiotic effect.
Depression, physical fatigue – drink two cups of Bennett combined infusion daily for six weeks; then take a break for two weeks. Bennet is a mild central nervous system stimulant, as a natural remedy has a tonic action favoring physical and mental tones.
Diarrhea – Take four spoons of root Bennet powder, daily, until the diarrhea goes away. Bennet root has an antibacterial effect and it’s an excellent astringent. When diarrhea is accompanied by dehydration, the patient can drink an infusion made by Bennet combined with Potentilla anserina, in equal parts (1 teaspoon of each herb, in a cup of water); drink this tea – one cup, 3-4 times a day.
Cancer disease – Take a half of one teaspoon of Colewort powder or half a glass of combined infusion of Bennet, thirty minutes before meals. This plant is very useful as an adjuvant in cancer, because it helps regaining the appetite, and stops the weight loss. In addition, it helps maintain the psychic tonnes’ – element of utmost importance in cancer patients.
Metrorrhagia, adjuvant in internal bleeding – take a dose of shock 2-3 teaspoons of St. Benedict’s herb powder, then continue with one teaspoon of powder four times a day, for 4-5 days. Bennet reduces bleeding by reducing the size of blood vessels, so helps to fight anemia caused by bleeding, maintain the physical tons, largely eliminating a feeling of weakness that occurs after bleeding.
External Uses of Wood Avens
Oral sores, gingivitis, stomatitis – for this purpose rinse your mouth 3-4 times per day with a combined infusion of Bennet. The treatment lasts 6-12 days, having healing effect and regenerative epithelial action.
Toothache – put a cotton swab impregnated with tincture of Bennet on tooth gum; hold for five minutes. It has anesthetic effects, eliminating for a period of 15-30 minutes the pain.
Muscle pain – massage, gentle the affected area, with tincture of Bennett, for 10 minutes.
How To Prepare the Aves Powder?
To obtain the Aves powder, dig out the rhizomes and quickly wash them in cold water; then, split each rhizome into two – three pieces, and leave them to dry in places devoid of moisture and well ventilated. When the roots get a woody consistency and become brittle, the drying process is completed. Grind these roots in a coffee grinder until becoming powder.
Combined Infusion (tea) of Geum urbanum
Put two teaspoons of root powder in a glass of water and let it soak for 6-8 hours at room temperature, then strain. Place aside, this extract; pour one cup of boiling water over the plant that remains after filtration and allow it to cool. Finally, combine the two extracts and the solution obtained will be ingested throughout the day.
Tincture of Geum Urbanum
Place in a jar twenty tablespoons of root powder and cover with Alcohol 50 % (degrees) stirring continuously. When all the powder was covered, the alcohol must remain two fingers above, then close the jar tightly and allow the mixture to soak for 12 days. After 12 days filter the liquid. Pour the extract obtained in small bottles, black; the tincture can be kept for up to 2 years. It is administered usually a teaspoon, 4 times per day, in treatments of 1-3 months.