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.