(Natural Herbs) Alumroot

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Alumroot Scientific Names and Common Names,Alumroot Biochemical Information,Uses,Warning,Where Found,Parts Usually Used,Alumroot Description of Plant(s) and Culture,Medicinal Properties.

(Natural Herbs) Alumroot


Common Names | Parts Usually Used | Plant(s) & Culture | Where Found | Medicinal Properties | Biochemical Information
Legends, Myths and Stories | Uses | Formulas or Dosages | Warning | Bibliography

Scientific Names


Heuchera americana L. Saxifragaceae Saxifrage family

Common Names

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Parts Usually Used

Root, leaves
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Description of Plant(s) and Culture

Alumroot is a perennial that grows to 1-3 feet; the leaves are toothed, roundish to somewhat maple-shaped, base heart-shaped. The flowers are small, greenish white, on short stalks; April to June.Another variety: Another plant called alum root (Geranium maculatum) is also called storksbill, but in fact has no relation to Heuchera americana.
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Where Found

Woods, shaded rocks. Southern Ontario, Connecticut to Georgia; Oklahoma to Michigan.
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Medicinal Properties

Styptic, astringent
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Biochemical Information

9 to 20% tannins and various unidentified substances
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Legends, Myths and Stories

Not to be confused with cranesbill (Geranium maculatum) often called alumroot.

Native American uses: Alum root (Heuchera glabella) the Blackfeet called "Apos I poco," the root was steeped for eye-wash. Another plant, (Huechera parvifolia), also called alum root, the root was pounded up and used wet to apply to sores and swellings.
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Leaf tea used for diarrhea, dysentery, piles; gargled for sore throat. Root poulticed on wounds, sores, abrasions. Good for gastroenteritis, stomach flu, and dry bilious vomiting, douche for leukorrhea, vaginitis.
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Formulas or Dosages

For dysentery, a cup of infusion may be taken every 2 hours until the symptoms have stopped.No more than 15-20 gms. of the powdered root should be taken at a time.
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Excessive use can cause gastric irritation and kidney and liver failure.
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, edited by William H. Hylton, Rodale Press, Inc. Emmaus, PA, 18049., 1974

, by Dr. David Frawley & Dr. Vasant Lad, Lotus Press, Twin Lakes, Wisconsin, Second edition, 1988.

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