Herbs

HYDRANGEA, Hydrangea arborescens

Hydrangea Plant

A few years ago, we were visiting some friends. They took us around their flower garden. As we looked at different plants, the husband recognized that some could be used for herbal medicine. As we passed a big hydrangea, I remarked on its beauty. He said, “I guess I will have to be happy that I can make a garden pretty, because it sure can’t make people very healthy.” I smiled and said, “I’d like to tell you a story about this beautiful flower.”


A whole lot of years ago, back in the eastern part of this country, there was a lady who was seriously sick in bed with a kidney problem. She was in a great deal of pain and she had blood in her urine. The doctor said she could only live a few days. This made everyone very sad because she would leave twelve children with no mother to care for them. A neighbor dropped by and told the stricken family that seven-bark herb would heal the mother. The husband said he didn’t know what seven-bark herb was. He said he had never seen the plant. The neighbor said he had a lot of it growing on his farm. He took the farmer out and showed him wild hydrangea. The farmer gathered some roots and cleaned them. He smashed some and made a strong tea. He then dripped a few drops of the tea into the mouth of his wife, who lay semiconscious. He had to greatly nudge her so she could manage to swallow the tea. In a few days, much to the astonishment of the doctor and the family, the woman got well. The hydrangea tea helped to overcome the kidney problem. It also helped dissolve the calculi, or jagged kidney stones, that were cutting the ureter and making it bleed.


She wrote of her experience in the newspaper and received more than 400 letters inquiring about the seven-bark herb. For fifteen years, the family dug and mailed the root until they sold the farm.


A better way to make the tea is with apple cider. First soak two ounces of mashed root in a quart of the apple juice for three days. Simmer; don’t boil, for fifteen minutes. Strain and keep cool. Take two ounces each half hour. This should get rid of kidney stones. A few years back, my son was really hurting from kidney stones. I brought him a gallon of apple cider and some hydrangea to make tea. I saw him a couple days later. He said he didn’t have time to make the tea so he stirred the hydrangea root powder in the apple juice and drunk it. The pain went away.


They say that hydrangea is a native of North America, but many grow wild in the Orient and Europe. It grows up to six feet tall and has a beautiful, mostly white cluster of flowers on the top of each stalk. The flower has a reddish tinge if grown in alkaline soil and a bluish color in acid soil. The flower, or umbel, is made up of hundreds of little blossoms. The stalk, and especially the root, is made up of layers of bark, each with a different color. This is why one common name of this plant is “seven-bark.” The ovate leaves have serrated edges and grow in opposite pairs and have hairy veins when mature.
In 1850, Dr. Butler was a missionary to the Cherokee Indians. He said they used hydrangea for rheumatic troubles, arthritis, rheumatism, glandular disorders and urinary problems. It is also used for cystitis, enlarged prostate, backache, gout, scurvy, dropsy and many other problems that relate the urinary system and stones. This is why hydrangea is used in Grandma’s herbal Kidney and Arth-Aid formulas.


This plant should grow around every home. It will not only make your home more beautiful, but it might relieve much pain or save someone’s life if they have faith enough to use it.
 

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