Bayberry herb (Myrica cerifera) is a marshland plant or tree that is native to
eastern and northern United States. The main parts used as herbal medicine are the bark, root and leaves. It is from the Myricaceae family. It is also known as an ornamental plant and the leaves can be used as insect repellent. This was traditionally done, especially by campers who used the leaves to ward off mosquitoes and other insects from their tents
The common names are are Bayberry bush, Bayberry, Sweet gale, American
bayberry, American vegetable tallow tree, Bayberry wax tree, Myrtle, Wax
myrtle, Candleberry, Candleberry myrtle, Bay rum tree, Tallow shrub, American
vegetable wax, Myrica cerifera, Vegetable flowers, Wild cinnamon, Myrica pensylvania and Southern
The medicinal properties are astringent, tonic, stimulant, emetic, antiviral, antioxidant, antiseptic, antidiarrheal, deobstruent and diaphoretic. The constituents are vitamin C, tannins, resins, potassium, flavonoids, starch, gum and calcium.
The initial use of this medicinal herb was to treat canker sores. It is good herbal remedy for hemorrhages, fevers, colds, flu, sinuses, nasal
polyps, vaginal polyps and excessive mucus. It is
very effective on the female organs and on the uterus during pregnancy. Therefore, bayberry may be declared as one of the female herbs to treat and prevent various ailments in regards to women.
Drinking bayberry tea is excellent for jaundice, scrofula, and canker sores in the throat as well as in the mouth. The tea also aids in perspiration, improves the whole circulation and tones up the tissues.
The wax coating from the fruit was traditionally used to make candles.
If you are unable to purchase capsules, the following formula may be used for colds, fevers, flu, colic, cramps, excessive mucus and pain the stomach:
These medicinal herbs must be in powdered form. Mix the herbs and pass them through a fine sieve for several times. Use one teaspoonful in a cup of hot water. Let the herbs settle and then drink the clear liquid leaving the settling at the bottom of the container.
It contains tannin, so it is best to avoid the consumption of milk which will counteract the effect of bayberry. Also, pregnant and breastfeeding ladies should avoid bayberry herb.
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