Magnolia virginiana (Magnolia glauca) medicinal herb is a deciduous or evergreen tree packed with excellent medicinal properties. It is from the Magnoliaceae family and it is native to the southeastern United States. It is also found in Asia and other parts of the world. This is not well known to most people as other herbs, and a lot of people do not know the health benefits that can be gained from it.
It is commonly grown as an ornamental tree, especially for gardens
and parks. It will light up any garden with its beautiful bold white
scented flowers. I love the flowers, I love the odor and I love the
beautiful name it possesses. This is just a beautiful herb to me and I
know once you get to know it, you will love it as well.
The common names
are swamp Laurel, Red laurel, Sweet magnolia, Red bay, Beaver tree,
Evergreen tree, Indian bark, Sweet bay, Swamp sassafras, as well as
The main part used for medicine is the bark which is good for many ailments. The flowers may also be used for medicine. The constituents are magnolol, alkaloids and volatile oil. The medicinal properties of sweet magnolia bark is diaphorectic, stimulant, tonic, astringent, aromatic, febrifuge, as well as anti-periodic.
It can be used to treat malaria, fever, dysentery, dyspepsia as well as erysipelas. This herb is also good to treat stomach ache, rheumatism, diarrhea and indigestion.
It is also an excellent remedy to treat insect bites, abdominal conditions, asthma, cold, nausea, vomiting, constipation, headache, obesity, stress, wheezing anxiety, stroke, prostate cancer, cough, high blood pressure (hypertension), menopause and toothache.
To make a wash for skin diseases inclusive of sores as well as itching, simmer one tablespoonful of sweet magnolia bark in a pint of water for ten minutes.
The medicinal properties of this herb will help to cure the habit of smoking. Therefore, sweet bay magnolia is an excellent choice for habitual and addictive smokers in order to stop smoking for good.
It is found in some face creams because it is believed that this medicinal herb is great for the skin. An array of fragrances that were introduced by Calvin Klein for both women and men actually listed magnolia as one of its ingredients.