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The root bark is the part of the plant used, and Native American tradition contains many references to its uses to support various structures and functions in the body. In the early 19th century Samuel Thompson regularly use Bayberry in his practice to support. For twenty years starting in 1916, bayberry root bark was listed in the American National Formulary. The root bark has an extremely astringent taste, due to the high tannin content, and is also quite warming. The two properties are those valued by traditional herbalists who seek to find ways of supporting the body's natural defenses and working with the healing response. Bayberry has been used to support respiratory function especially when bringing tone to excessively wet mucous membranes is called for.


Active Constituents of Bayberry

Alpha-Pinene, Gamma-Terpinene, Limonene, Linalol, Myricitrin, Tannic Acid, Tannins, Taraxerol, Taraxerone, Wax




This information in our Herbal Reference Guide is intended only as a general reference for further exploration, and is not a replacement for professional health advice. This content does not provide dosage information, format recommendations, toxicity levels, or possible interactions with prescription drugs. Accordingly, this information should be used only under the direct supervision of a qualified health practitioner such as a naturopathic physician.


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