Ozark Encyclopedia – A – Alder

Hazel Alder – Alnus serrulata

Parts used: bark

Traditional uses: Compound decoction of scraped inner bark taken as an emetic. Bark removed by scraping downwards used as a laxative. Used for childbirth pain and infusion of bark used for various pains. Infusion of bark taken to purify blood and compound infusion used as a blood tonic. Used as an emetic and purgative. Infusion of bark taken for cough. Infusion taken for heart trouble. Cold infusion of bark taken to purify blood or lower blood pressure.

Used for chills – “Gather an arm of green limbs from Alder trees growing at the edge of a creek. Place the limbs in a large pan and let simmer on the back of the stove for two or three hours. Strain tea into quart jar and drink regularly throughout the day.” ~Parler FBA II 1742


Moerman, Daniel E. Native American Ethnobotany (NAE)

Parler, Mary Celestia Folk Beliefs from Arkansas (FBA)

Source: Ozark Encyclopedia – A – Alder

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