In Europe, Hydrangea is mostly known as a shade-loving, ornamental garden plant. But its home is in the damp forests of the Eastern United States. Originally a healing plant of the Cherokees it was discovered by a Dr. Alexander Garden, of Charleston, in 1756, who had recently visited the Cherokee Country. He had rather hoped to find some greater treasures in the Cherokee Mountains, but has his trip had been cut short due to being recalled by the new governor, his 'only Spoils' was the Hydrangea.
The Cherokees used the bark of this plant as a diaphoretic and diuretic to treat urinary conditions, such as urethritis, bladder and kidney stones, prostatitis and alkaline urine. It seems to ease the passage of gravel and relieves the pain thereof.
Worn as an amulet or scattered around the house it is used to break hexes and may dispel bad or weird dreams during the female moontime.
Soak ¼ cup of each root in 11 cups water for 4 hours or overnight. Bring to a boil then simmer for 20 minutes. Let mixture cool then pour through a strainer. Drink ¾ cup per day.
Helpful Hints: You can double the amount of prepared tea by freezing the used tea herbs and reusing one more time. The unused tea can easily spoil. Reboil the unused tea every third day.
Optional: Add Black Cherry Concentrate to improve the taste. Add up to 4 fl. oz. of Black Cherry Concentrate, depending on taste, to the soaked herbs. Bring to a boil then simmer for 20 minutes. Let mixture cool then pour through a strainer.
Optional: Add 20 drops of Goldenrod Tincture and spices like nutmeg or cinnamon to each ¾ cup portion.
Store unused roots at room temperature. Refrigerate prepared tea. Keep out of reach of children.