Wild Cherry Bark (Prunus avium)
Daily adult dose unless otherwise prescribed: 1-2 tsp per mug of boiling water, infuse covered for 10 minutes, drink up to 3 times a day.
Do not use while pregnant without professional advice.
Part used: Bark (particularly where exposed to the sun or greenish in colour)
Habitat: A lovely deciduous tree with smooth glossy bark and no spines, growing up to 30m tall. The blossom is some of the earliest in the year, around March, with small red to purple fruits which may be sour, bitter or sweet but not as sweet or large as cultivated varieties.
Constituents: Cyanogenic glycosides including prunasin, coumarins, phenolic acids and tannins (non-hydrolysable)
Actions: Astringent, antitussive (helps soothe coughs especially irritated habitual coughs), sedative
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