Boneset Fact Sheet

(Eupatorium perfoliatum)


This herb is used to treat fever. Herbalists may recommend boneset for patients who suffer from colds and influenza. As well as helping reduce fever, boneset can clear mucus from the respiratory tract.

How It May Benefit You...

  • fever, colds, flu, coughs, congestion in the upper respiratory tract,

  • arthritis

  • rheumatism.


Large doses of Boneset can cause nausea, vomiting, or diarrhoea. Never exceed the recommended dose.

Do not use fresh Boneset. It contains a toxic chemical that can cause potentially fatal symptoms. If you have a history of alcoholism, liver disease, or liver cancer do not take this herb unless specifically instructed by your Health Professional. 

No one should take this herb for more than 2 weeks at a time.

WARNING:    Herbs should only be used under the supervision of an experienced herbalist or naturopath experienced in herbs.


Available as dried leaves and flowers, and as tinctures.