Bayberry Bark Myrica cerifera
“Luck, money, flow”
Bayberry, a shrub found on the East coast of the US, is used for bringing luck, money and increasing the flow. In healing it is known to help the circulation and sinuses. Methods include burning, sprinkling, and tinctures.
Cut/sifted HC-011-10 1 oz
Also known as Wax Myrtle, Candle Berry, Tallow Shrub. A small bush growing between 3 and 8 feet tall in thickets near swamps and marshes along the Atlantic coast in Eastern North America. The dried bark and the greenish-white wax covering the berries are used. The leaves release a fragrant when rubbed.
The wax was first introduced into medicinal use in 1722. When boiled in water, the wax will release from the berries and float on top. The wax is harder and more brittle than beeswax. Candles made from the was are aromatic, smokeless after snuffing, and are very brittle. It has been used for surgeon's soap plasters, and an aromatic and softening shaving lather, and used for making sealing-wax. Four pounds of berries will yield about one pound of wax. Medicinal: Astringent and stimulant. In large doses emetic. It is useful in diarrhoea, jaundice, scrofula, etc. Externally, the powdered bark is used as a stimulant to indolent ulcers, though in poultices it should be combined with elm. The decoction is good as a gargle and injection in chronic inflammation of the throat, leucorrhoea, utering haemorrhage, etc. It is an excellent wash for the gums.
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