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In The Earthwise Herbal: A Complete Guide to New World Medicinal Plants, herbalist Matthew Wood has this to say about boneset: “In practice, boneset has turned out to be a superlative remedy for bone repair. Comfrey will seal bones together even when they are not correctly set and in the wrong place, but boneset will help bring them together in the right place and then set them from the inside out.” Boneset was also traditionally used for fevers and illnesses where deep, aching pain in the bones and muscles was present. Herbalist Richard Whelan has a good article about boneset.
As we have mentioned before, mullein is an excellent respiratory system support herb, but it also has been used traditionally for broken bones, bruising, and other post-traumatic injury aftermath. It has a reputation for being particularly useful for injuries to the fingers, toes, and spine; as well as broken bones that are hard to set. The Medicine Woman’s Roots has a fantastic article on mullein that details mullein’s uses for the musculoskeletal system as well as the ways mullein can be used as a nervine for emotional support.
Arnica is a topical-only herb because it can be toxic if used internally. Used externally, though it is one of the most well-loved herbs for sore muscles, strains, sprains, bruising, and insect bites. You can read more about arnica in this detailed entry from King’s American Dispensatory, 1898.
We’ve already talked about how black cohosh isn’t just for women. Supporting the body while it recovers from muscle pain, tightness, and whiplash is another example of how this herb can be helpful to both men and women.
Teasel has an affinity for the joints, tendons, and bones. Especially bad injuries where things have been pulled, torn, and wrenched. D. japonica was used for these purposes in TCM, and Western herbalists have explored the use D. sylvestris as a substitute. I don’t know of any good resources online that discuss the full depth and breadth of teasel, but The Book of Herbal Wisdom by Matthew Wood has an excellent chapter devoted to teasel.