Wild Cherry Bark
Wild Cherry Bark is just what you need for that lingering cough. You know the one that just won’t go away for weeks on end.
Wild Cherry Bark Medicinal Uses
Wild Cherry, Prunis, is widely used for its cough suppressing, expectorant, and sedating properties. The most common way to use this wonderful herbal gift is wild cherry bark syrup. My Organic Soothing Herbal Cough Syrup is made with a base of wild cherry bark and slippery elm. This blend soothes your throat and suppresses your cough at the same time.
For hundreds of years, herbalists have used the bark of the wild cherry or black cherry tree to make remedies for whooping cough, bronchitis, common colds, and other lung problems. It is also often used as a flavoring for many foods and drinks.
Make a decoction / tea from the bark for the same uses. Bring the water to a boil, add the bark, and simmer for 20 minutes covered for the best results.
Wild Cherry Bark Benefits
The chemicals constituents of wild cherry tend to be anti-inflammatory and astringent. They are used to reduce the swelling and irritation in the through as well as dry out the irritated tissues.
As with all herbal medicines, please use Wild Cherry Bark with the assistance of a Naturopathic Doctor or appropriate health care practitioner.
Wild Cherry Bark Magical Properties
The blooms in early spring are representative of love and lust. Any part of the cherry tree, not just the bark, can be used in magical spells. The most common use of the bark is in loose incense or offering herbs for love spells, protection, and to gain favor or barter with land spirits. Many believe that wild cherry will add potency to their spells.
Lightning struck wood of the cherry tree is often used in this way. Others use cherry as a divination aid to seek direction for their spiritual path.
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