Wild Cherry Bark

(Quercetin/Kaempferol) Vasorelaxant Expectorant / Decongestant (USA)
200g (7.05 oz.) Dried Bark

Native America's traditional apothecary Wild Cherry Bark is a medicinal herb derived from the black cherry tree that has been used for centuries by Native Americans and Herbalists. In fact Wild Cherry Bark was one of the most treasured herbs of Native American Tribes. It was used as a cough suppressant, perhaps why it was also known as Chokeberry. It became known after curing the famous American explorer Meriwether Lewis of a severe bout of gastric upset. Written in the Field Guide to Medicinal Wild Plants, "When Captain Meriwether Lewis fell ill with fever and abdominal cramps on the Lewis and Clark expedition, he was on his feet the next day after being dosed with Chokecherry twigs simmered in water." Wild Cherry Bark was listed in the US Pharmacopoeia from 1820 to 1970 as an antitussive and a sedative. The Cherokees used the bark as a pain killer during labour, the Mohegans are documented as using it as a remedy for various problems including dysentery. Crossing boarders the Herb was used in Traditional Chinese Medicine, utilised for “heart fire”. This is a Tea for the Great Outdoors, it gives and is part of the Wilderness, add Bush Apple Syrup to sweeten. The British Herbal Pharmacopoeia (BHP) 0.5-2 grams of the bark infused in boiling water.

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Ancient Purity presents a powerful tree bark from the USA with some interesting benefits. Wild Cherry Bark was actually listed in the US Pharmacopoeia between 1820 - 1970 as an antitussive and a sedative but it was used by the Native American's for hundreds of years beforehand. Many tribes including the Cherokee, Menominees and Chippewa all used this herb as regular part of their traditional medicine. According to the Field Guide to Medicinal Wild Plants... American explorer Meriwether Lewis suffered from painful gastric upset, with no solutions he was suddenly well and on his feet the day after being drinking the Wild Cherry Bark Tea. Wild Cherry Bark is a medicinal herb derived from the black cherry tree that has been used for centuries as an antiviral, antibacterial, vasorelaxant (Reduction in tension of the blood vessel walls), expectorant, and decongestant. Wild Cherry Bark can significantly aid the removal of mucus from the lungs boosting the lymphatic system. It is rich in minerals such as Zinc, Iron, Calcium, Magnesium with Phytochemicals Quercetin and Kaempferol.

Historically the Native Americans used the inner bark to combat diarrhoea, internal worms, lung issues, Poultices of Wild Cherry Bark or the Root had been proven useful in fixing various skin problems and even sped up wound healing. The Chippewa Tribe were known to apply a Wild Cherry Bark poultice to burns, cuts, wounds and ulcers. The Tribes of America would use tea brewed from the inner bark of the Wild Cherry Tree to help assist with ailments, while over in China, ancient Chinese Herbalists used it as a cough medicine. These days Wild Cherry Bark can be enjoyed on its own just as a nice herbal tea or for its various medicinal reasons. Of course the cherry tree has multiple variations all over the world, you may know it for the delicious fruit and beautiful flowers rather than for its bark, but it's the bark that is the part known to contain the most healing power. This is a Tea for the Great Outdoors, it gives and is part of the Wilderness, not really a comfort tea. Wild Cherry Bark is a medicinal herb derived from the Black Cherry Tree it must be respected.

Wild Cherry Bark – Information & Points to Research

  • Clean, Trusted & Sustainably Sourced.
  • USA (Native) Origin.
  • Bioactive Inner Bark.
  • Cough Remedy Tea.
  • Tasty Healthy Herbal Tea.
  • Antitussive (cough suppressing).
  • Promotes Digestive Juices.
  • Mild Sedative for Healthy Sleep.
  • Heart Health Support.
  • Respiratory Health.
  • Tones the Digestive System.
  • Anti-Mucus.
  • The Ultimate Tea to Re-Wild Yourself.
  • Add Bush Apple Syrup for Multi Cough Medicine.
  • Revered in the Field Guide to Medicinal Wild Plants.
  • Native America's Traditional Apothecary Tea.
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Wild Cherry Inner Bark Gives

Wild Cherry also known as Black Cherry has so much to give but let’s look at what some respected people have written on it. Harvey Wickes Felter, M.D writes 'Wild Cherry is an excellent sedative and tonic, quieting irritation of the mucosa, the nerves, and lessening violent cardiac action dependent upon weakness.' When a tonic and sedative is desired that will not unduly excite the circulation, Wild Cherry is a most useful drug. As such it may be used in atonic dyspepsia, and in convalescence from fevers and inflammations, especially after pleurisy, pneumonia, and influenza. While the syrup is an effectual and popular preparation, the cold infusion is better for these purposes.

Wild Cherry in syrup is an admirable sedative for cough, acting much like hydrocyanic acid and even better, besides it is more controllable. For the cough of phthisis (i.e. pulmonary tuberculosis or another such wasting disease of the lungs) it is one of the most satisfactory agents, and the syrup is in common use as a vehicle for other cough remedies. In tuberculosis it not only relieves irritation and cough, but it gives a certain amount of power, and restrains sweating and diarrhoea. Wild cherry is very efficient in uncomplicated palpitation of the heart, and where digitalis is required it lessens the irritating action of the latter upon the stomach. Wild cherry would be more valued if properly prepared. The cold infusion (sweetened, if desired) should be preferred; boiling temporarily destroys its value, and unless a good quality of bark, carefully preserved, is used, the syrup may have little value.

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Dr Finley Ellingwood on Wild Cherry

Finley Ellingwood was a doctor of eclectic medicine who is the author of the influential American Materia Medica, therapeutics, and pharmacognosy in 1919. Ellingwood was an active Chicago physician with many years of experience, and an acknowledged expert in obstetrical/gynecological medicine. Below some of his sayings about Wild Cherry Bark… The tonic influence of Wild Cherry is more markedly apparent when it is administered in disease of the respiratory apparatus of a subacute or chronic character. It is not given during the active period of acute cases, but is of value during the period of convalescence.

It is a common remedy in the treatment of chronic coughs, especially those accompanied with excessive expectoration. It is valuable in whooping-cough. The syrup is used as a menstruum for the administration of other remedies in this disease. It is excellent also in reflex cough, the cough of nervous patients without apparent cause. The syrup may be used persistently in tuberculosis, for the administration of many other agents which seem to be indicated during the course of the disease. Wild Cherry is popular in the treatment of mild cases of palpitation, especially those of a functional character, or from reflex causes. Palpitation from disturbed conditions of the stomach is directly relieved by it.

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Respiratory Support

Our ability to cough is a vital, even life-saving function, but it is a most blunt instrument and it can be set on full throttle by the tiniest of particles in the lungs. Likewise, often long after an infection has been resolved, there can still be a continual signal to the brain saying, there is something in here and you have to cough it out, no matter what the cost. It's possibly toxins left over by an infection, or waste products from the immune system that have been left on the battlefield, or damaged tissues in the lungs or bronchial tubes. It can even just be a state of hypersensitivity left over from the process of infection and inflammation. However, the cost of keeping coughing when it is no longer essential can, sometimes, be too high, and when the person gets exhausted by the coughing itself, they can become vulnerable to other, potentially even more serious problems. Wild Cherry Bark has historically been used against coughs and other respiratory issues. The Inner bark possesses natural expectorant qualities meaning that it can help to loosen phlegm/mucus from the respiratory system.

Wild Cherry Bark Tea can help you expel this phlegm or mucus and clear out the bronchial tubes allowing you to breathe far more comfortably. Many people have traditionally used Wild Cherry Bark Tea throughout the years to treat a wide variety of other respiratory conditions. It has been used to treat bronchitis, tuberculosis, asthma, catarrh and scrofula. Along with its expectorant properties, Wild Cherry Bark has antitussive qualities and the ability to suppress coughing very effectively and quickly. People with chronic coughs and nervous coughs may well benefit from its use. Because of these excellent natural abilities, Wild Cherry Bark Tea is often used as an ingredient in commercial cough syrups, lozenges and drops. Wild Cherry Bark contains cyanogenic glycosides that are hydrolysed in the body to glucose, benzaldehyde and hydrocyanic acid, also known as prussic acid. Prussic acid is quickly excreted by way of the lungs where it first increases respiration and then sedates the sensory nerves which generate the cough reflex.

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Heart full of Health

So as we have talked about how ancient and established amongst tribes the use of Wild Cherry Bark was and still is. Now let’s explore one specific function of this incredible tree bar. Getting information and views from the ancient world about the use of Wild Cherry is difficult, information is verbalised rather than written down but we know that Wild Cherry Bark has long been recognised as a Herbal Remedy for cardiac weakness, especially if this issue is accompanied by a chronic cough, palpitations and high blood pressure. Renowned Herbalist Matthew Wood says... "Wild Cherry Bark acts upon the cardiovascular system, equalising the circulation and reducing the irritation and congestion which would encumber the heart."  The combination of sweet and bitter indicates a remedy that is especially nutritive, as both these flavours stimulate the secretions of the mouth, stomach and digestive system.

Bitterness in Herbs is associated with the heart and circulation as well, since it reduces irritation and fever. The nourishing influence indicated by the sweet flavour is directed, as it were, towards the heart. This is joined by the astringency, which also tones up the heart. Wild Cherry Bark not only reduces irritation but nourishes, tonifies and strengthens the heart muscle. Wild Cherry is the American Indian version of Crataegus (Hawthorn), which is also a member of the Rosaceae family used in heart and digestive problems. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, Wild Cherry is indicated where there is 'heart fire', consisting of such symptoms as palpitations, thirst, sores in the mouth and tongue, mental restlessness, agitation, feverishness, insomnia, rapid pulse, hot and dark urine and a swollen, yellow-coated tongue with a red tip.

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A Wild, Natural Solution

The British Herbal Pharmacopoeia (BHP) describes the actions of Wild Cherry as 'antitussive, mild sedative, astringent'. It says it is indicated for 'persistent cough, pertussis (whooping cough), nervous dyspepsia' and specifically indicated for 'irritable and persistent cough of bronchitis, pertussis, cough due to increased irritability of respiratory mucosa'. The BHP recommends a dose of 0.5-2 grams or by infusion or a dose of 2-4 ml of the tincture.

Thomas Bartram writes that the actions of Wild Cherry include 'astringent, sedative, digestion-boosting, antitussive, antispasmodic, pectoral'. He suggests uses for it including 'hacking cough, whooping cough, asthma, bronchitis, croup, catarrh, irritable bowel syndrome and as a tonic in convalescence. Bartram recommends a tea from half a teaspoon of herb to a cup of boiled water, infuse for 15 minutes with a dose of half to one cup.

Wild Cherry Inner Bark Keeps Giving

King's Dispensatory writes 'Wild cherry bark has a tonic and stimulating influence on the digestive apparatus, and a simultaneous sedative action on the nervous system and circulation. It is, therefore, valuable in all those cases where it is desirable to give tone and strength to the system, without, at the same time, causing too great an action of the heart and blood vessels, as, during convalescence from pleurisy, pneumonia, acute hepatitis, and other inflammatory and febrile diseases.

Its chief property is its power of relieving irritation of the mucous surfaces, making it an admirable remedy in many gastro-intestinal, pulmonic, and urinary troubles. It is useful in hectic fever, cough, diarrhoea, some forms of irritative dyspepsia, whooping-cough, irritability of the nervous system, etc'

Wild Cherry Bark… Closing Thoughts

Wild Cherry Bark is a natural substance extracted from the inner bark of the cherry (Prunus serotina) tree. Long used as herbal remedy by Native Americans for coughs and congestion, you can now find it in syrup, capsule, dried and tea form. Despite its long history of use, few studies have explored Wild Cherry Bark and its possible health benefits. However, in one preliminary study published in the journal Oncology Reports in 2006, scientists discovered that Wild Cherry Bark shows promise in protecting against that severe, often fatal, illness, we all now. In addition, the study determined that Wild Cherry Bark offers anti-inflammatory benefits. Along with coughs and colds, wild cherry bark is typically touted as a natural treatment for the following health conditions: respiratory issues, diarrhoea, fever, gout, sore throat and whooping cough. 

“When tea becomes ritual, it takes its place at the heart of our ability to see greatness in small things. Where is beauty to be found? In great things that, like everything else, are doomed to die, or in small things that aspire to nothing, yet know how to set a jewel of infinity in a single moment?” - Muriel Barbery, The Elegance of the Hedgehog

“When I drink tea I am conscious of peace. The cool breath of heaven rises in my sleeves, and blows my cares away.” Lo Tung

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  • Wild Cherry Inner Bark - 100% Natural.
  • Produced to ecological standards, free from agro-chemicals, non-irradiated and GMO-free. 
  • Add 2 teaspoons to 2 cups of water. Put the water in a pot, bring to the boil and then reduce the heat to a simmer.
  • Leave for around 10 minutes or according to taste before straining it. It has a slight bitter/strong taste, you can add honey and lemon to the tea for a smoother and brighter flavour overall.

NOTE: You should use this for short-term treatment only (10-14 days). Take a break for a couple of weeks and repeat if desired or take it as directed by your Herbalist or Health Practitioner. Do not exceed the daily recommended dose.

WARNING: Do not take if pregnant or breastfeeding. Contact your healthcare practitioner before taking Wild Cherry Bark if you are taking any prescription medications.

  • Brand: Ancient Purity.
  • Size: 200g.
  • Origin: USA.
  • Container: Kraft Paper Pouch.
  • Estimated shelf life from purchase: 2-3 years. 
  • Storage: Store in a cool dry place.


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