Bayberry (myricaceritera, southern waxmyrtle, waxberry, tallow berry or shrub, and candleberry) is a shrub or smalltree, with blue-white berries and long slim leaves, that could reach 40 feet in height. Male yellow cylindrical and clustered flowers, and female shorter-green clusters of flowers, are on separate trees. The fruit consists of berry-like nuts that arecoated with white wax. Bayberry isfound in the southern and eastern United States and Canada. It prefers sandy swampland or damp woods. The northern bayberry is also a shrub, but itonly grows to about8 feettall. It has wider leaves than itssouthern cousin. The berries and rootbark of bayberry are used medicinally.[1, 2, 3]
- Sore throat
- Skin wounds and ulcers
Heat is used to remove the root bark. Wax is taken from theberries for making candles. Bayberry isalso used in tea as a stimulant.
There is no established dose for bayberry. As a folkremedy the suggested dose is .5g per day. Before taking bayberry in any form, talk to your healthcare provider.
Safety concerns and side effects
- Ingesting bayberry may cause gastrointestinal pain or discomfort Pollen from bayberry can cause reparatory problems and allergic reactions
- Bayberry may cause liver damage
- Bayberry can cause vomiting and nausea
- In lab animals, longterm injections have been linked to malignancies
- Bayberry is possibly unsafe when applied to the skin
- Do not use bayberry on skin or by mouth if you arepregnant or breastfeeding
- This herb is unsafe for those with high blood pressure because it may encourage sodium retention
- Bayberry may aggravate edema
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