Bayberry Root Bark
Bayberry Root Bark- The shrub from which we obtain bayberry root bark, which grows along the Atlantic coast of North America from the Maritime Provinces of Canada to the Florida Keys as well as swampland throughout the Southeast, is known by numerous aliases. In addition to its scientific name, myrica cerifera, Bayberry Root Bark also goes by wax myrtle, candleberry, and arbre Ã¡ suif, or & “tallow tree” The name fits, as the berries provide a form of wax that is actually used in candlemaking.
Of greater interest to those who buy Bayberry Root Bark however is the bark itself. Gathered in November and early December, bayberry root bark is removed from the trunk and branches by heating the roots, which is then used to make bulk dried herbs for sale.
Dried Bayberry Root Bark is one of the earliest natural herbs that American physicians studied and wrote about. These dried herbs had been used by the Chotaw Indians of present-day Alabama and Mississippi boiled sliced bayberry root bark for use in the treatment of fevers. Colonists in French Louisiana reportedly used these dried herbs as early as 1722 in the treatment of dysentery; by 1737, it was being used as a treatment for convulsions as well as seizures. It was one of the quality bulk herbs that nearly every medical doctor in the South kept in his apothecary.