Benefits Of Geum Urbanum (Avens) For Health

Benefits Of Geum Urbanum (Avens) For Health


Geum Urbanum (Avens)


Scientific Name: Geum urbanum L. (Rosaceae)

Geum urbanum (Avens) is known as other name: avens, herb bennet, wood avens, colewort, geum, city avens, wild rye, way bennet, goldy star, clove root, blessed herb, benedict's herb.

Geum urbanum is a perennial herb 10-20 inches tall, with a ligneous stem and a wide area of spreading. Geum Urbanum usually grows in mountainous areas, of plains and hills, the cool shaded places in forests, on river shores alongside country roads, gardens and houses and is a native of Europe and the Middle East.

Benefits Geum Urbanum (Avens) For Health
Geum Urbanum (Avens) Picture

Geum urbanum has thin, nearly upright, wiry stems, slightly branched, of a reddish brown on one side. Its leaves vary considerably in form, according to their position. The radical leaves are borne on long, channelled foot-stalks, and are interruptedly pinnate, as in the Silverweed the large terminal leaflet being wedge-shaped and the intermediate pairs of leaflets being very small. The upper leaves on the stem are made up of three long, narrow leaflets: those lower on the stems have the three leaflets round and full. The stem-leaves are placed alternately and have at their base two stipules (leaf-like members that in many plants occur at the junction of the base of the leaf with the stem). Those of the Avens are very large, about an inch broad and long, rounded in form and coarsely toothed and lobed. All the leaves are of a deep green colour, more or less covered with spreading hairs, their margins toothed.

The rhizomes of geum urbanum are terminating abruptly, hard and rough with many light brown fibrous roots. The flowers, rather small for the size of the plant, are on solitary, terminal stalks. The corolla is composed of five roundish, spreading, yellow petals, the calyx cleft into ten segments - five large and five small - as in the Silverweed. The geum urbanum flowers, which are in bloom all the summer and autumn, often as late as December, are less conspicuous than the round fruitheads, which succeed them, which are formed of a mass of dark crimson achenes, each terminating in an awn, the end of which is curved into a hook.

For therapeutic purposes, rhizomes of geum urbanum are used in their dry form. The root of the avens smells and tastes like clove. Therefore it what used as a substitute for clove. You can use the root of the geum urbanum against diarrhea and other problems of the digestion. It also helps against inflammations of the mouth.


Benefits Of Geum Urbanum (Avens) For Health


Due to the fact that geum urbanum is a good disinfectant, the herb is recommended in alleviating enterocolitis and menstrual pains (because of its haemostatic properties it can stop bleedings). As an astringent, the herb effectively treats diarrhea and intestinal infections. Other usages of the plant are noticeable in internal treatments: pharyngitis, amygdalitis, bronchitis, asthenia, depressions and even cancerous diseases. As an antiseptic, it is good for gargling in case of toothaches, dental abscesses, amygdalitis, stomatitis, gingivitis and plaques.

Geum urbanum based herbal cures are mainly used to treat disorders that affect the region of the mouth, the region of the throat, as well as problems that affect the gastrointestinal tract of a person. 

Geum urbanum based herbal medications lead to the tightening of soft gums; it can heal canker sores, and makes a really good gargling solution to treat infections in the region of the pharynx and the larynx. 

Benefits Geum Urbanum (Avens) For Health
Geum Urbanum (Avens) Picture

Geum urbanum based herbal medications also help in bringing about a reduction in the irritation affecting the stomach and the gut. 

Geum urbanum based herbal cures can be used in the treatment of disorders like peptic ulcers, problems such as irritable bowel syndrome, in the treatment of diarrhea and chronic dysentery. The herb is included in many herbal lotions and ointments, these can bring soothing relief from the symptoms of hemorrhoids

Avens can also be made into an herbal douche to treat problems like excessive vaginal discharge; an herbal avens based douche can also be used for general cleansing of the vaginal cavity. One more reputed property of the avens is that it possesses a mild quinine type effect and can supposedly bring relief from an fever by lowering the body temperature.

Geum urbanum based herbal remedies are very effective in treating problems such as weeping eczema and different types of topical allergies and their symptoms.

The root of geum urbanum acts against poison in food and is also a good antidote for other types of poisoning - such as from excess alkaloids and heavy metal poisoning. The roots of geum urbanum are also effective against diarrhea and related digestive disorders.

In earlier days the geum urbanum roots were not only used medicinally, as at present, but to flavour ale, and to put among linen to preserve from moths and to impart a pleasant odour. The fresh root imparts a pleasant clove-like flavour to the liquor, preserves it from turning sour, and adds to its wholesome properties.