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Dyer's madder (Rubia Tinctorum L.)

Updated on July 3, 2014
Dyer's madder (Rubia Tinctorum L.)
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Dyer's madder (Rubia Tinctorum L.) is found often around bushes, houses and yards.

Madder is perennial plant with half inch thick red colored crawling roots. The plant is climbing old trunks, walls and fences due to its ability to stick with its small thorns. Often whole abandoned houses are covered with this plant at late summer.

Blossoms in May and June and later fruits small red (later black) berries. Berries are not edible. They serve plan't vegetational purposes only.

Gathering and drying

Dyer's madder roots are gathered in the beginning of Autumn. After the berries are black and start to fall by themselves. Best roots are from plants aged 3 or 4 years.

Roots are cleaned with water and brush (small roots will get lots of soil with them) and dried in shadow, outdoors. When dried, madder's roots are yellow to red outside, and bright red inside.


The madder plant roots have potent gland cleaning properties. They are good for

Also, as an off topic - for home made red dyes.

Infusion preparation.

For kidney or bladder infection 1 tea spoon of finely chopped madder roots is boiled in 1 pint of water for 10 minutes. Sift and keep in a bottle. 1 glass of the infusion is taken before every meal for one week.

Same is used for weak periods by females.

For kidney or bladder stones, 1 tea spoon of the madder root is crushed and swallowed with a glass of water. Take it (again) before meals for a week. You will notice dark coloring of urine and frequent thirst and urge for urination.

Consult a doctor before self medicating with this herb. Some antispasmodic and analgesics are strongly recommended if you are trying to dispose of kidney stones naturally.

You need to know if you can do it at home before trying. Some stones are too big to do it yourself and you will need to be hospitalized for them.

The madder herb is only good for kidney stones sized as "grain of sand".

And - Don't be fooled, the pain is still very bad.


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      Stoill Barzakov 4 years ago from Sofia, Bulgaria

      You are welcome Bet.

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      Bet 4 years ago

      This help me in my project a lot

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      Stoill Barzakov 6 years ago from Sofia, Bulgaria

      It is as old as us, but is not that popular. There are far more easy to find and gather herbs than the madder.

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      Kris Heeter 6 years ago from Indiana

      Very interesting - I had not heard of this one before!