An aromatic shrub or tree, 10-25 feet tall with paired short spines on the branches. The compound leaves are oval, toothed with 5"11 leaflets, and lemon-scented when crushed. Tiny green-yellow flowers, in axillary clusters appear before the leaves appear. The fruit is a small, dark berry-like capsule covered with lemon-scented, gandular dots, containing one or more shiny black seeds. Found in eastern and central U.S. in moist woods, and thickets.
It is a anodyne, diaphoretic, irritant, stimulant, and diuretic. The bark tea or tincture have been used by American Indians and herbalists for historically treating chronic rheumatism, dysentery, kidney, heart trouble, colds, coughs, lung ailments, and uterine cramps, sore throats, toothaches, lymphatic system, skin diseases, nervous headaches, and varicose veins. Use 1 teaspoon of the dried bark or berries to 1 cup water. Take 1 cup a day. Research shows it may have anticancer properties.
This product was added to our catalog on Wednesday 10 January, 2007.