Wild Cherry Bark

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Disclaimer: This data is meant for informational purposes only and is not meant to prescribe or treat specific problems. As with any herb or medication, please consult your Doctor of Naturopath or your Medical Doctor before trying anything new.

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Wild Cherry should be used with caution, and excessive or long term use avoided.

Wild Cherry Bark is a popular remedy for treating chronic coughs, most specifically those with excessive mucous. It was used as a tonic for the stomach for improving digestion because it stimulates the gastric glands.

Some of the properties of Wild Cherry Bark include: Sedative, astringent, stimulant tonic, & stomachic. The dried inner bark is the part of this herb that is used. Useage of this herb can affect the lungs, stomach & nerves. Wild cherry bark is known to soothe nerve irritations in the stomach and lungs as well.

This herb is usually prepared as a decoction, a tincture, a fluid extract, a syrup, or a powder.

The habitat of the Black Cherry tree is low or upland woods, along side streams, and are found statewide. Black Cherry can grow into a rather large tree, up to 60 feet tall! Botanically, the wild cherry tree, sometimes known as the Rum Cherry, is a plum tree, not a cherry. On my farm, the trees only grow about 20 feet tall. The latin "serotina" is derived from the word "late" because it blooms later than most other Prunus species.

The flowers are thick, bottle brush like, and tiny white 5 petaled with a very sweet aroma.

The leaves grow nearly 6 inches long.

The fruit of the tree is a most important food for the wildlife and birds.

The beautiful wood from this tree is used in some of the finest furniture.

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Preparations

INFUSION: Soak 3 to 4 ounces of freshly dried bark in 3 to 4 ounces of water overnight (or several hours). Strain off. Sweeten with honey to taste and take 2 to 3 teaspoons a couple of times a day.

DECOCTION: Bring 1/4 of a cup of bark to a simmer in 4 ounces of water for 3 minutes. Remove from heat and steep for 15 minutes. Strain and add honey to taste. Drink 1/2 cup a couple times a day.

TINCTURE: Place one teaspoon of Wild Cherry Bark Tincture in one cup of water. Sip throughout the day.

CAUTION: These are old time recipes and caution should apply while using Wild Cherry Bark. Do not take it for a prolonged period of time. Always check with your Doctor of Naturopathy or Homeopath before taking when you are unsure.

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Marcia Wilson
Journeywoman Herbalist
The Allways Natural Herb Farm
10/21/98

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