Thursday, January 3, 2008

Herb of the Week - Wild Cherry Bark

Wild Cherry Bark has expectorant and mild sedative properties. We take it mainly for coughs and colds. Lydia got over a bad cold in just 3 days due to this tasty tea. I make a decoction by simmering a palmful of the bark in a couple quarts of water. I usually simmer it on low heat for about 20 minutes, then strain the bark out, and add a bit of raw honey. (Then I dump the used bark into my flowerbeds.)
Wild Cherry Bark can be used to treat fevers, colds, sore throats, and diarrhea. It has also been used to ease pain in the early stages of labor.
I get mine here:
Mountain Rose Herbs. A herbs, health and harmony c

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I aspire to be like this... crunchy and granola-ey and healthy and all but I always fail COMPLETELY!!!

This is neat!!! Very cool...