Buckthorn (Common Names: Rhamnus frangula, Black Dogwood, Black Alder Dogwood, Alder Buckthorn, Black Alder Tree, Persian Berries, European Black Alder)  is a garden shrub that was introduced into the United States as ornamental foliage  that has become an invasive species in many areas.  It exists as both a deciduous and evergreen shrub or small tree.  The plant gains its name from the woody spine on the end of each twig.  It is a fruit bearing shrub that bears dark blue berries.  Recently this shrub has been found to be the primary host for the soybean aphid which can be a problem for many soybean farmers.  The aphids use the buckthorn as a host for the winter and then spread to nearby soybean fields in the spring creating problems for the soybean farmers.

Buckthorn’s herbal uses are as a gentle bowel cleanser when taken internally and as an itching reliever when applied topically.  This herb also helps restore the normal probiotics or flora to the digestive tract.  Normally occurring flora are encouraged by buckthorn and help to manufacture B vitamins and antibodies that aid in the fight against infection.

PRECAUTIONS AND INTERACTIONS:  This herb may cause nausea and vomiting in some people.  This herb can also cause a harmless red or yellow discoloration of the urine.  You should not use this herb if you take medications in the digoxin family or any drugs that deplete the body of potassium.

The safety of the use of buckthorn in pregnancy and small children has not been established, use extreme caution in these situations.

PROPERTIES AND USES: Gentle bowel cleaner, regularity, itching, warts, restore normal Probiotics (flora).



PARTS USED: Berries and Bark


Scientific classification

Kingdom:        Plantae

(unranked):      Angiosperms

(unranked):      Eudicots

(unranked):      Rosids

Order:              Rosales

Family:            Rhamnaceae

Genus:             Rhamnus

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