Tuesday, April 7, 2009
HERB OF THE MONTH
Fringetree (bark) is a perhaps lesser known to some, however it is quite prevalent in North America.
It is actually a tree and is also goes by the name of 'Old Man's Beard'. I suppose it kind of looks like one!
It is actually quite a small tree, while in the Summer it has green leaves, in the Spring it blooms with fragrant white flowers which appear in long panicles that look like cotton.
It is the bark of the tree that has therapeutic properties, specifically valuable for liver problems, especially when there is jaundice.
It is specific for the treatment of gallbladder inflammation and gallstones as it stimulates the bile.
It is quite safe for use as there haven't been any side effects or drug interactions reported. (Hoffman)
It would be best taken as a tincture or the bark boiled into a tea and infused for 10 - 15 minutes.