Stonebreaker herb for Herbal Naturopathy: properties, benefits, uses, side effects

Stonebreaker grass is a wild herb with anti-inflammatory and diuretic action, used for centuries to dissolve kidney stones. Let’s find out better.

Property of the Stonebreaker

The main advantage of the stone breaker is to eliminate all obstructions that may form in the urinary tract, completely destroying the stones.

In addition to the property of “breaking” the stones, as its name indicates, this herb has many other properties. The stone-breaking grass, in fact: 

  • Reduces inflammation and spasms
  • Calm the pain
  • Reduces fever (not recommended, however, in children under 5 years of age)
  • It is mildly laxative
  • Protects and cleanses the liver
  • Eliminates viruses, bacteria and intestinal worms
  • Increases urination and is a powerful diuretic (useful in case of kidney failure)
  • Reduces blood pressure
  • Regulates blood sugar and cholesterol levels.
  • Improve digestion.

How to use

The stonebreaker is used for its ability to dissolve or eliminate stones, both in the kidneys and in the bladder.

The whole plant is used, as both the stem, flowers, roots and fruits have medicinal properties. To make this product an excellent remedy against the formation of kidney stones, it is advisable to follow the correct instructions for the preparation of an herbal tea.

It should be drunk three times each day (before meals) and prepared with an amount equal to one glass of water for each teaspoon of stone-breaking grass.

We recommend taking the herbal tea, as a remedy against the formation of kidney stones, for a limited time of 6 consecutive days.

Contraindications of stonecutter weed

The stonebreaker herb has no contraindications if it is taken respecting the normal therapeutic doses, except, of course, for cases of individual hypersensitivity.

Description of the plant

Cedracca or Cetracca ( Ceterach officinarum ) is also known as “rust grass” or “stone-breaking grass” , because it is often found among the stones of the cliffs that it slowly crushes.

It is part of the Aspleniaceae family. It is a small fern that reaches 15/20 cm in height, with leaves arranged in a rosette with a linear and lanceolate shape. On the lower page, the leaves contain the sporangia called sori, similar in shape and size to lentils, which when ripe take on a brown / reddish color, hence the vulgar name of Rust grass.

The sori contain the spores that fall on the ground and will give birth to new ferns. 

Sorrel habitat

The stonebreaker grows on old dry stone walls and on rocks in humid, sunny and calcareous areas. It is currently widespread in Mediterranean environments and blooms from May to August.


In the past, the stonebreaker was used to stuff pillows as it was believed that it had the property of making pain and pains go away. 

On the eve of the feast of St. John, the stone-breaking herb was collected because it was believed that those who put a twig in their shoe on the evening of St. John would find “a hidden treasure”. 

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