Bayberry - Myrica Cerifera

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This Bayberry (Myrica cerifera) monograph is an excerpt from the 1999, first edition of Dr. Sharol's book "Herbal Medicine From The Heart of The Earth." You can purchase the 2020, third edition of this book with additional herbs, as well as updated and expanded information in Dr. Sharol's Book Store. You receive free shipping in the USA.

Bayberry - Myrica cerifera in the Myricaceae or Wax Myrtle Family

Parts used: Bark.

Taste/smell: Astringent.

Tendencies: Cooling, drying.

Dosage: Decoction: 1 teaspoon per cup of water; or 1:5 dry plant liquid extract:1-30 drops 1-3 times per day in a little water.

Mental picture and specific indications: The mental picture of this herb is one of suffering from sleeplessness, despondency, irritability, or indifference.

Use: (a) Astringent, (b) Styptic, (c) Tonifier.

Bayberry's tonifying effect is for atonic tissues with discharges due to over-relaxation. It is used for ulceration of the mucous membranes and digestive tract, passive hemorrhages and venous atony and congestion. The astringent aspect of bayberry makes it beneficial in mouth rinses.

Contraindications: The irritating wax of the young branches contains constituents that are reportedly carcinogenic. It is contraindicated in pregnancy unless used under the guidance of a trained professional.

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