Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Herbal Power Series 3: Bayberry Native North American Healing Plant


Myrica cerifera

Bayberry wax tree, wax myrtle, candle berry, tallow shrub

Illustration from Classic Texts - Thomsonian plant woodcuts from "A GUIDE TO HEALTH (1848)" by Benjamin Colby.

Scientific classification From Wikipedia

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Kingdom Plantae

Division Magnoliophyta

Class Magnoliopsida

Order Fagales

Family Myricaceae

Genus Myrica

Species Myrica cerifera - This plant is native from North America

Healing Powers

Astringent Diaphoretic Emetic (in large doses) ♦ Stimulant Tonic

“Phytotechniques” - Parts of the Plant Utilized

Bark of Roots and Wax from Berries

Traditionally or Folkloric Healing Applications

Canker sores Diarrhea Goiter • Hemorrhages (stomach, lungs, uterus, bowels) Jaundice narcotic poisoning (emetic) [Contac doctor immediately] •

External Use

Leucorrhea (douche) ◘ Sore throat (Gargle), Boils (poultice)

Photo on June 8, 2007 by 用心 CC by SA Generic Version 2.0

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