Family: Rosaceae (includes rose, apple, peach)
Parts Used: Inner bark and fruit.
Actions and Properties
- nervine sedative
- Whooping cough
- Unproductive cough
- Eye inflammation, use a wash with the bark.
- Fevers (cooked cherry juice with equal parts honey)
- Calms indigestion and upset stomach.
- Pain reliever for headache and aching from cold and flu.
Methods of Use
- Food: Fruit can be eaten fresh, cooked, juiced or dried.
- Tea (only make with a cold infusion, heat will destroy properties)
- Powdered, capsules
- Eye wash, gargle
Care and Harvesting
- Fruit is ready to harvest in the autumn and will be red to black.
- Bark can be harvested anytime but is most potent in the spring or fall.
- Cut twigs and branches as if pruning and strip off outer bark. Peel, one layer at a time the inner bark, which is living, moist and greenish in color. Use immediately for tincture and syrup or dry for future use.