Prickly Ash, also known as Southern Prickly Ash or Hercules’s Club, is a tree with leathery leaves and small white flowers. Zanthoxylum americanum/clava-herculis is a member of the Rutaceae family and native to the southeastern United States.
Prickly Ash Bark was employed medicinally by Native Americans for rheumatism, dyspepsia, dysentery, kidney trouble, heart trouble, colds and coughs, lung ailments and nervous debility. It was prepared as a decoction. Prickly Ash Bark was also used traditionally as a remedy for toothaches where the bark was chewed directly.
The taste and energetics of Prickly Ash Bark are pungent, bitter, warming and stimulating. Prickly Ash Bark has an affinity for the cardiovascular system, lymphatic system and skin. For toothaches, combine with Clove. To support the circulatory system, combine with Hawthorn or Linden.
How to use:
1 teaspoon of Prickly Ash Bark to one cup of boiling water. Simmer for 15 minutes, strain and drink up to three cups a day.
Cautions & contraindications:
Not for use in pregnancy except under the supervision of a qualified healthcare practitioner.
This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any disease or illness. Please consult your healthcare provider prior to the use of this product if you are pregnant, nursing, taking medications or have a medical condition. Individual results may vary.