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Bayberry

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Myrica cerifera

 

Also known as wax myrtle, Bayberry is a large evergreen shrub native to the US whose roots and root bark are used in herbal remedies.

 

Bayberry root bark is astringent and naturally antibiotic and is used on wounds and bacterial and fungal skin infections, as well as throat and gum inflammations. A decoction can be made and used as a wash, mouthwash or gargle. Combined with slippery elm, bayberry can be used as a poultice for skin wounds, sores and ulcers.

 

Bayberry wax, made by boiling the berries to separate the wax from the skin, makes naturally fragrant candles and in the past was used for sealing and healing wounds.

 

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