Hydrangea: A Pretty Flower with a Nutritional Punch

by Dr. Edward Group DC, NP, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM Published on , Last Updated on

Hydrangea is thought to support kidney health

The hydrangea plant is an herbaceous, perennial shrub recognized by its beautiful white, snowball-shaped blooms. A popular ornamental, botanical, and horticultural plant, there are over twenty varieties of hydrangea worldwide. The most popular variety, Macrophylla, is a bluish-bloomed flowering plant found in the United States and Asia and appreciated for its aesthetic and health-promoting qualities.

An Ancient Healing Plant

There are four to five varieties predominant to North America, with the Arborescens being the most coveted for its therapeutic properties. “Smooth hydrangea” and “seven bark” are two commonly-associated names for this hydrangea variety. Found in damp conditions along the East Coast, this wild hydrangea has been used for years as a healing remedy for many health issues. It was an esteemed herbal remedy among the Cherokee Native Americans as well as settlers in the colonial era for kidney stones. [1]

The Benefits of Hydrangea

Hydrangea is a lithotrophic, diuretic, and tonic herb. Lithotrophic herbs are known for their action against stones. As a diuretic, hydrangea may help increase urine flow. It is believed by many traditional healers that hydrangea supports kidney function by helping waste removal and hormone secretion.

Hydrangin, a naturally-occurring phytochemical solvent in hydrangea, has long been theorized as being the primary constituent that makes the plant effective against kidney stones. Other therapeutic phytochemicals in hydrangea include flavonoids such as kaempferol and quercetin. [2] A mineral-rich plant, hydrangea contains calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, and sulfur and its minerals are believed to contribute to a vital state of health.

Many people consume the herb for therapeutic benefit by steeping the root and rhizomes in boiling water for three to five minutes and straining the mixture to make a tea. Many teas and tinctures containing hydrangea include other herbal extracts that also promote kidney health, such as gravel root, dandelion, uva ursi, and chanca piedra.

Do you have experience with hydrangea? Please leave a comment below and share your experience!

References (2)
  1. Laidley, J. On Hydrangea arborescens. Amer. J. Pharm., o.s. 18 (1852): 13-30.
  2. Marius Rademaker. Occupational contact dermatitis to hydrangea. Australasian Journal of Dermatology. (2003) 44, 220-221.

†Results may vary. Information and statements made are for education purposes and are not intended to replace the advice of your doctor. Global Healing Center does not dispense medical advice, prescribe, or diagnose illness. The views and nutritional advice expressed by Global Healing Center are not intended to be a substitute for conventional medical service. If you have a severe medical condition or health concern, see your physician.

  • David

    I had good results from hydrangea root tea within a few days, symptoms disappeared and never came back. Fresh root is best, taken from a living plant. Keep the rhizome as well, steep after boiling the water. Also, be aware of what the mineral content of your water is, you may need to filter it.

  • sdk14754977

    After a couple of severe bouts with kidney stones and kidney infection with blood in urine, that led to a surgery that could have been avoided had I known about hydrangea, I use it regularly in tincture form and in 10 years I have not had a recurrence. At the first sign of bladder or kidney trouble, I take it. I have used Herb’s Farm and Nature’s Answer and also some homeopathic stuff a friend gave me and they all worked equally well, doesn’t seem to matter what brand. It is not unpleasant in the least. This stuff is the bomb!


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