• Use with caution.
  • Avoid excessive or long-term use.

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(Prunus serotina)
Common names: Black Cherry, Black Choke, Choke Cherry, Rum Cherry, Tree of Life, Wild Black Cherry, Wild Cherry.

Wild Cherry

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Parts Used: Young bark. Methods Used: Water extraction.

Spiritual Uses: A Druid Sacred Tree. The bark and chips of the wood were burned during Celtic festivals.

A source of "Sacred Smoke."

Physical Uses: This variety of native tree grows from Canada to Texas.

While its best-known use is as the soothing base for various cough syrups and pulmonary medicines, it is also considered to be beneficial when treating diarrhea or indigestion and has been used as a general tonic for young children, convalescents, and the infirm elderly.

A traditional tea (Breath Tea) for treating bronchitis, laryngitis, rheumatism and tonsilitis combined White Pine (Pinus strobus)
Bark, Wild Cherry Bark, Sassafras and Spikenard.

Native Americans used tea made from the inner bark to ease the pain of childbirth.



  1. Mix equal amounts of chopped
    1. White Pine (Pinus strobus) Bark (or resin),
    2. Wild Cherry Bark,
    3. Sassafras (Laurus), and
    4. Spikenard (Arialia racemosa). Store in a tightly covered container.
  2. Boil 1 pint of water.
  3. Add 1 teaspoonful of the mixture. Stir briefly and cover.
  4. Simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from heat.
  5. Allow to steep for 20 minutes.
  6. Strain out the herbs and discard.
  7. Dosage: to one teaspoonful every hour.
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