Wild Cherry Bark Herb
This large fruit tree is native to North America and the outside bark is blackish and rugged. The first Wild Cherry Tree I ever saw was in bloom much like this one. It was an ancient being and it sat alone in a field... surrounded by the beautiful mountains of Virginia. The mountain man was showing me the right bark to harvest and the best way to use it.
You can see the young branches are smooth, red, or purplish; flowers appear after the leaves in May and June, followed by the delicious cherry in August. The bark has a distinct aromatic scent resembling bitter almond when macerated in water. The taste is astringent and bitter. The thin young bark is the best and we have already removed any dead tissue.
- Storage: You should keep it in tightly closed container, in a dark cool place.
- Solvent: soak in hot or cold water.
- Medicinal part: young, thin bark
Ancestral Uses: Used extensively in cough medicine, as a base. For diarrhea, indigestion, cough, bronchitis, heart palpitations, dyspepsia, congestion of the throat and chest. Wild cherry is also part of the recipe for dissolving kidney and bladder stones. It's known as a mild tonic, sedative (to help you relax and sleep), and a soothing astringent.
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