Red Alder

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Biological Name: Alnus rubrared alder

Other Names: red alder; Oregon alder

Elements Applied: Leaves and bark are commonly applied in herbal medicine.

Used For: The herb is known to relieve diarrhea, induce vomiting and reduce bleeding. It acts as a bitter principle.

Taken fresh, alder bark induces vomiting, thus, dried bark should be applied for other purposes.

Bark decoction can safely be applied for pharyngitis and sore throats. Bark and leaf powder are characterized by their astringent properties, the bark may also be used both as a topical and an oral remedy for bleeding. Inner bark, boiled in vinegar, is a good topical remedy for skin conditions, like scabs and scabies, as well as lice. Occasionally it is used as a wash for teeth.

Additional Info: Red alder is met either as a tree or as a bush. It features ovate to elliptic leaves, having green color and covered with fuzz. It can be met in redwood and evergreen forests from Alaska to Northern California.

Preparation and Intake: To prepare a decoction, take a teaspoon of leaves or bark for a cup of water. Taken internally, this decoction is used at a dose of 1-2 cups per day, a swallow at a time.

In form of tincture the herb is applied at a dose of half a teaspoon to a teaspoon.

In form of powder the herb is used at a dose of 8-12 grains.

Safety: There is no data concerning the herb’s safety level.