Information on Rhatany

Latin NameKrameria triandra
Part UsedRoot
Herb FormsTincture.
AffectsDigestive system, Integumentary system
CautionsNone noted.
Botanical InfoA small shrub with small alternate untoothed leaves and small solitary reddish flowers in the Krameria family.
DescriptionRhatany is an astringent herb used externally for gum problems (sore, spongy, red) and internally for sore throat (as a gargle), diarrhea, and hemorrhage. It is applied locally for hemorrhoids and wounds. Rhatany is one of the more powerful herbal styptics and can be applied to a cut or extracted tooth to stop bleeding.
Try brushing the gums with 10 drops of rhatany tincture in a little water. A few commercial herbal mouthwashes contain rhatany as an ingredient, possibly blended with myrrh, propolis, echinacea, or other herbs.

Rhatany has a taste of BITTER, ASTRINGENT and a temperature of COOL.


Tincture1-1.5 droppersful 2-3 x daily

Ailments Treated by Rhatany

AilmentTreatment SupportApplication
Periodontal diseaseastringent, gum strentheningtincture
Throat, sore--acuteastringenttincture, diluted as a gargle


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