The Indians used wild cherry bark tea for treating diarrhea and ailments of the lungs. The colonists used the bark from this plant for cough syrup. The bark was also used as an ingredient in tonics and as a decoction or extract to expel worms. Wild cherry calms the respiratory nerves and allays cough and asthma. It is also an outstanding remedy for stomach weakness and irritations, such as ulcers, gastritis, colitis, diarrhea and dysentery. It is a remedy for heart palpitations when caused by a stomach disorder. A good syrup useful for most kinds of coughs, including spasmodic and whooping coughs, is made by combining wild cherry bark, elecampane root, cramp bark and one-quarter part lobelia herb and ginger root with a base of honey. Take as often as needed.
Wild Cherry Bark (Prunus virginiana, P. serotina)
- Primary Uses: Here are a few of the ailments Wild Cherry Bark can provide relief for: • Asthma • Blood Pressure (high) • Bronchitis • Coughs (eases) • Mucus (hardened) • Phlegm (loosens) • Tuberculosis • Worms (intestinal)