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Bayberry Root Bark

  • Bayberry Bark cut and sifted
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Bayberry Root Bark C/S

Also Known As -  Myrica cerifera, Morella cerifera, wild cinnamon, Candleberry, Myrica, Myrica pensylvanica, Southern Bayberry, Southern Wax Myrtle, Tallow Shrub, Vegetable Tallow, Waxberry. Not to be confused with barberry.

Origin - USA - Wild Crafted

Overview - This evergreen shrub is found in various habitats ranging from New England to Delaware and Maryland in the United States. However, the plant can be successfully cultivated as far north as southern Connecticut and Long Island on the U.S. east coast. It also grows in Bermuda and the Caribbean. Its waxy fruits are a source of food for many birds including Wild Turkey, Quail, Wren and Tree Sparrow whose digestive systems remove that waxy coating and prepare the seeds for successful germination. Bayberry’s fruits are also a traditional source of the Christmas decorations called bayberry candles. The wax was extracted by boiling the berries, and skimming off the floating hydrocarbons. The fats were then boiled again and then strained. The leaves are glandular and produce aromatic essential oils. Another very interesting botanical note is that his plant’s roots possess nodules, which are home to a symbiotic species of fungus, which fixes nitrogen at a faster rate than legumes. This makes it possible for poor soil to become hospitable for other plant species requiring more nitrogen to thrive.

Medicinal Uses - The root bark is the part of the plant used medicinally, and Native American tradition contains many references to its uses to support various structures and functions in the body. In the early 19th century Samuel Thompson regularly use Bayberry in his practice to support and modulate a healthy immune response. For twenty years starting in 1916, bayberry root bark was listed in the American National Formulary. The root bark has an extremely astringent taste, due to the high tannin content, and is also quite warming. The two properties are those valued by traditional herbalists who seek to find ways of supporting the body's natural defenses and working with the healing response. Bayberry has been used to support respiratory function especially when bringing tone to excessively wet mucous membranes is called for.

  • Bayberry bark powder makes an excellent toothpowder, combined with cinnamon bark powder, myrrh, salt, and echinacea root. Good results used for goitre.
  • A decoction is used as a wash or poultice for varicose veins, chronic sores, boils, or the powdered bark may be directly applied to wounds. The oil of Bayberry is good for bruises.
  • Bayberry is excellent as an emetic after narcotic poisoning of any kind. It is good to follow the bayberry with lobelia.

Active Constituents - Alpha-Pinene, Gamma-Terpinene, Limonene, Linalol, Myricitrin, Tannic Acid, Tannins, Taraxerol, Taraxerone, Wax

Parts Used - Dried root bark.

Preparations - Used in teas, powders, tinctures, and poultices.

  • Tea: steep 1 tsp. in 1 pint of boiling water for 30 minutes. Use as a gargle for sore throat or for chills (drink 1/2 cup warm every hour until relief).
  • Extract: mix 10-20 drops in juice or water.
  • Mouthwash: gargle with liquid mixture made of extract or powder as needed.
  • Powder: mix 1/2 to 1 tsp. in 1 cup warm water.
  • Tincture: 1/2 to 1 tsp. is taken in a small glass of water, 2 or 3 times daily.
  • Externally: rub liquid mixture on varicose veins or hemorrhoids as needed.

Precautions - This herb is for occasional use only. Bayberry is know to stimulate uterine contractions, so please do not use during pregnancy. 

Disclaimer -  These products are dietary supplements and are not intended to diagnose, treat cure or prevent any disease. Reviews are not intended as a substitute for appropriate medical care or the advice of a physician or another medical professional. Actual results may vary among users. Mountain Maus Remedies LLC makes no warranty or representation, expressed or implied, as to the accuracy or validity of the information contributed by outside product review submissions, and assumes no responsibility or liability regarding the use of such information. The information and statements regarding the dietary supplements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. If you have a medical condition or disease, please talk to your health care provider. If you are currently taking a prescription medication, you should work with your health care provider before discontinuing any drug or altering any drug regimen, including augmenting your regimen with dietary supplements. Do not attempt to self-diagnose any disease or ailment based on the reviews and do not use the information contained herein for diagnosing or treating a health problem or disease. Proper medical care is critical to good health. If you have a health concern or suspect you have an undiagnosed sign or symptom, please consult a physician or health care practitioner.

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