Eupatorium purpureum is an herbaceous perennial native to eastern North America. Gravel root grows in swampy, meadow habitats and can reach heights of 6 to 12 feet. Also called queen-of-the-meadow, gravel root has a history of use for its beneficial properties and folklore relating it to good luck. The root is typically prepared for topical use.
Gravel root is a native of the North American continent, growing from southern Canada through Florida, mostly in wet, wooded areas. Native American culture has a long history using gravel root. It was said that if you tucked a leaf into your cheek, it would ensure that any words spoken to the opposite sex would be well received.
It is very often referred to as Joe Pye weed, or Sweet Joe Pye weed. As legend has it, Joe Pye was a Native American who used gravel root to help cure an outbreak of typhoid. Why the "sweet" part is sometimes attached seems to be a mystery to this day. It has often been considered a good luck charm among many American folks, many gamblers carry parts of the plant on them for good luck. It is also one of the integral ingredients in a mojo bag. Gravel root is a member of the Asteraceae plant family.
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