Wood Avens

(latin: Geum urbanum)

Popular names:

Bennet's Root, Colewort, Old man's whiskers, Herb bennet


It has thin, nearly upright, wiry stems, slightly branched, from 30-60 cm (1-2 feet) in height, of a reddish brown on one side. Its leaves vary considerably in form, according to their position.
It is in flower from Jun to August. The root is used as a spice in soups and also for flavouring

Health benefits:

gastro-intestinal-tract-problems mouth-problems throat-problems

Medicinal uses:

Wood avens is used principally to treat problems affecting the mouth, throat and gastro-intestinal tract. It tightens up soft gums, heals mouth ulcers, makes a good gargle for infections of the pharynx and larynx, and reduces irritation of the stomach and gut. All parts of the plant, but especially the root, are anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, aromatic, astringent, diaphoretic, febrifuge, stomachic, styptic and tonic.
The infusion or decoction is made from 15 gr (0.5 oz) of the powdered root or herb into a mug of boiling water, strained and taken cold. An infusion is taken internally in the treatment of diarrhoea, stomach upsets, irritable bowel syndrome and liver disorders.

This page is for informational purposes. It may rely on scientific studies but it isn't scientific as a whole. Do not use any treatment before consulting a phisician; if you do use any herbal plants don't over abuse them (even water in large quantities is bad for the body). Extra precaution during pregnancy and breastfeeding !