Wood avens, Geum urbanum, was once known as herb bennet or 'blessed herb'. It's a common weed in our garden, and we realised that with a name like that it had to have a lot of potential. Sometimes the roots have a strong clove-like smell, due to their eugenol content. Chewing on the roots can relieve toothache.
As an astringent plant, geum can help heal wounds, treat diarrhoea and soothe haemorrhoids.It is good for a range of mouth problems from gum diseaseto mouth ulcers, and for sore throats. It has antiseptic properties.