Tree Medicine

It’s national tree week in Ireland and to honour the lovely trees here are some excellent Tree medicines

Love Trees

Trees are powerful medicines that are frequently used in Herbal medicine and Ayurveda

Our favourite tree remedies

  1. Hawthorn: A beautiful heart tonic & excellent for lowering blood pressure and reducing cholesterol. (part used berries and flowers)
  2. Birch: A great spring tonic for the body and topically for the hair. Birch is a great diuretic (Part used: Leaves, bark & sap)
  3. Oak: Fabulous for tooth cavities, varicose veins  & Haemorrhoids (part used: Bark)
  4. Neem: An excellent anti-septic and anti-bacterial. Neem has a long history of use in Ayurvedic Medicine (Part used: Bark, Seeds, Roots & Leaves)
  5. Elder: A wonderfully useful tree. Every household should have an Elder… Both Elderberries and Elderflowers are useful remedies for their anti-viral and immune boosting properties. Elderberries can also be used for coughs and for iron whereas Elderflowers excell at drying up runny noses and for allergies (Parts used: the flowers and berries).
  6. Tilia (Lime tree): The lovely, calming Lime tree is an excellent sedative and also really useful for hyperactive children. (Part used: Flowers)
  7. Slippery Elm: This is such a soothing remedy for the mucous membranes of the body. Useful for all sorts of inflammatory conditions, including IBS, sore throats and UTIs.  (Part used: Inner bark)
  8. Cedar (Thuja): An excellent remedy for warts, moles, skin tags and skin cancers when applied topically. Traditionally it was used to induce labour.  (Part used: Leaves and twigs of young trees)
  9. Horsechestut: A really fabulous remedy for varicose veins and haemorrhoids (use it topically as internally it can cause constipation and gastric upset). (Part used: seed, bark, flowers and leaves)
  10. Wild Cherry:  A brilliant remedy for coughs and also for histamine reactions, such as insect bites. (Part used: Bark)