Uses: Native to American marshes from New Jersey to Texas, the
bark from the root of the Bayberry is traditionally used as a tonic
at the first sign of a cold or the flu. Native Americans used it
to treat sore throats and fevers.
An aid to digestion and
circulation, it is an effective treatment for diarrhea and has been
used to treat colitis.
A bark tea used to treat
itchy skin and dandruff was also used as an external wash for sores,
boils or skin ulcers.
The wax from the berries
was used to make candles and soap. The wax is removed from the berries
by boiling the berries until the wax gathers on the surface of the
water. Allow the water to cool. The wax will harden making gathering