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Other Names

Learn More Benedict’s Herb, Bennet’s Root, Benoîte, Benoîte Commune, Benoîte Urbaine, Benoîte des Villes, Cariofilada, Colewort, Geum, Geum urbanum, Herb Bennet, Herbe Bénite, Herbe du Bon Soldat, Herbe à la Fièvre, Herbe de Saint-Benoît, Hierba de San Benito, Benediktenkraut, Echte Nelkenwurz, Gariofilat, Gemeine Nelkenwurz, Gewöhnliche Nelkenwurz, Hasenauge, Гравилат городской, Igeleinkraut, Mannskraftwurzel, Märzwurzel, Nägeleinkraut, Nagelchrut, Nelkengaraffel, Sanikula, Stadt-Benedikte, Stadt-Nelkenwurz, Weinwurzel.


http://www.austincountyems.com/piknik/1086 Native to Central Europe, Avens grows in forests and forest edges but can be found in bushes, hedges, and walls. It is a perennial herb that grows up to one foot and 18 inches. It flowers from June to August. The flowers have both male and female organs and are pollinated by bees. It is self-fertile.


http://makse.com/?kremel=japanese-dating-app-iphone&fd8=6a Avens contains Essential Oil, Glycoside Gein, Tannin, Tannic Acid, Flavones, Eugenol, and Bitter Substances.

Collection period

hop over to this site March and April, September and October


Used Parts

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check out this site Avens has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. It is an astringent and local anesthetic and can be used against:

  • check out here Antibacterial,

  • blog here Anti-Inflammatory,

  • Astringent,

  • Colitis,

  • Constipation,

  • Convalescence,

  • Diarrhea,

  • Digestive Weakness,

  • Fever,

  • Gingivitis,

  • Hemorrhoids,

  • Liver Weakness,

  • Local Anesthetic,

  • Menstrual Cramps,

  • Nausea And Vomiting,

  • Poorly Healing Wounds,

  • Skin Inflammation,

  • Sore Throat,

  • Styptic,

  • Sudorific,

  • Toning,

  • Toothache,

  • Uterine Bleeding


Avens’ edible parts are the roots and leaves and can be consumed as condiments and drinks. The young leaves are cooked and used as a spice in stews and soups and also ale flavoring, the roots are also cooked or boiled to make a beverage. Avens is a substitute for cloves because of the mild cinnamon flavor.


Usually found in the woods, Avens is an astringent that can treat mouth and throat problems. It can also be used as a medicated wash to treat many skin infections.

Side Effects

Avens is safe when used in small amounts as a food flavoring. There isn’t enough information to know if it is safe when used in larger medicinal amounts.


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