Dog Grass Root (Elymus Repens) also referred to as Couch Grass
Dog/Couch Grass is an expectorant herb that may help to alleviate irritating coughs, bronchitis and laryngitis. Its soothing effect on the mucosa in the chest make it effective in clearing congestion. It can also be used as a gargle to provide relief from sore throats, laryngitis and tonsillitis.
Dog/Couch Grass is a powerful diuretic and has a soothing, anti-inflammatory healing effect on the lining of the bladder. The sugar compounds which are released on contact with water in the body soothe the mucosa throughout the body – especially in the urinary tract.
The leaves and roots are used to create teas, tinctures and more that were taken for constipation, cough, bladder swelling, fever, high blood pressure, or kidney stones. Also used for water retention.
To make the tea, put 2 teaspoons of the cut rhizome (root stalks) in a cup of water, bring to a boil and let simmer for 10 minutes. This should be drunk three times a day. Typically used with some combination of corn silk, hydrangea, yarrow, and/or cranberries or cranberry juice.
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