Stone Root

Stone Root

Common Name

Standardized: stoneroot
Other: citronella, horse balm, richweed

Botanical Name

Collinsonia canadensis L.
Plant Family: Lamiaceae


Stone root is a flowering perennial native to North America with a habitat ranging all across the eastern United States and Canada. Part of the mint family, it produces small yellow flowers and can grow up to about four feet in height. The plant is notable for its distinct odor, described as having a lemony scent that is somewhat disagreeable. The root is very hard and heavy, difficult to pulverize or process into powder. The plant was discovered and named after English botanist Peter Collinson.

Parts Used

Cut and sifted root.

Typical Preparations

Extract of tea.

---Medicinal Action and Uses---

Sedative, antispasmodic, astringent, tonic, diaphoretic, diuretic.

A decoction of the fresh root has been given in catarrh of the bladder, leucorrhcea, gravel and dropsy. It is largely used by American veterinary surgeons as a diuretic. It is valuable in all complaints of urinary organs and rectum, and is best combined with other drugs.

It can be used externally, especially the leaves, for poultices and fomentations, bruises, wounds, sores, cuts, etc., and also as a gargle, in the strength of 1 part of fluid extract to 3 of water.

---Preparations and Dosages---Of fluid extract, 15 to 60 drops.  Of Collinsonin, 2 to 4 grains. 

Health Benefits of Stone Root:

  • Beneficial for Kidney Stones
  • Good for Gallstones
  • Good for Gout and Arthritis
  • Cures Urinary Tract InfectionsBeneficial for Dogs


Specific: No known precautions.
General: We recommend that you consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.

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