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Bayberry as an Herb

Bayberries

Myrica cerifera

The wax of Bayberry was first introduced into medicinal use by Alexandre in 1722. It is removed from the berries by boiling them in water, on the top of which it floats. Candles made from it are aromatic, smokeless after snuffing, and very brittle.

An old Christian tradition is to burn a bayberry wax candle on Christmas day until it burns itself out in order to bring good luck.

Bayberry is a bitter, astringent and aromatic herb. It stimulates circulation, increases perspiration and controls bacterial infection. This long used native American plant has reportedly relieved hemorrhoids and enhanced circulation. Some people claim it tones and revitalizes all the body's tissues.

Bayberry as an Herb for Medicinal Uses

The health benefits of the bayberry plant can be derived from either Bayberry Bark Extract or a Bayberry Bark of Root Capsule form, or from bayberry tea.

Bayberry, taken in small doses, can increases the vitality of your total body systems and improve circulation. It can also be used as a poultice over varicose veins to strengthen the blood vessels. It is an excellent wash for the gums. Tea made of Bayberry is a good gargle for sore throat and tonsillitis.

Externally, the Bayberry Root Bark Powder is used as a stimulant to inactive ulcers, though in poultices it should be combined with elm. An infusion of the bark is used as a skin lotion (astringent), and in the bath.

Recently, bayberry has also been used to make a fractionated extract, which is patented for the removal of cellulite. The patented extract used for the removal of cellulite uses the bark, leaves and flowers for extraction.

A douche made of the tea is used for vaginal infections. Bayberry bark is also used in a douche formula to treat vaginal infections:

"Douche 2 times a day for 2 weeks with 1/2 teaspoon Myrrh, 1/2 teaspoon golden seal simmered for 5 minutes in one pint of water. Remove from heat and add 1 teaspoon of bayberry bark and steep until warm."

Bayberry plant

As an insect repellant, the bark is used by the Swedish and Welsh as a strong decoction to spread on baseboards in spring to kill insects and vermin. Leaves are used to prevent moth and other insect damage in woolen clothing and the Potawatomi of North America placed it on fire to make a mosquito repellant.

Culinary Uses for Bayberry

Bayberry Tea: In bayberry tea, usually the leaves, and sometimes the bayberry root or root bark is also used. Drinking bayberry tea can help with inflammation of the gums and throat, helping to directly treat sore throats or mucous buildup. The tea is considered to be the best form of consumption of the extract.

Other culinary uses are not recommended or all that safe.

Cautions

Excessive dosese may induce vomiting. Avoid.

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