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BAYBERRY ROOT BARK   Morella cerifera

The original use of bayberry was in treating "cankers," at one time understood to be accumulations of cold at various sites in the body. Tannins make bayberry bark astringent, sealing over sites of inflammation and infection in the mouth, gums, and throat, and stimulant, inducing productive coughs that release phlegm. . A tea gargle is said to help a sore throat, as well as helping to stop bleeding gums

The antibiotic myricitrin also helps reduce fever, thus lending credence to bayberry's use among the Choctaw Indians.

The herb is used externally for varicose veins and internally for diarrhea, dysentery, colds, flu, bleeding gums, and sore throat
For gangrenous sores, boils, or carbuncles, use as a wash and poultice, or apply the powdered bayberry to the infection.
The tea is an excellent wash for spongy and bleeding gums.

Bayberry also contains astringent tannins, which add to its value in treating diarrhea.

The bayberry tree is supposed to impart good luck and prosperity to the house it is planted next to. Many other rituals involving good luck have grown up around the bayberry tree. For instance, it is thought that if you burn a bayberry candle on New Years Eve you will have good luck the following year, or if you carry a piece of the bark or berries around in a small satchel, or a dry leaf in your wallet, it will attract money.

Avoid during pregnancy
For occasional use only
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