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Ash (Fraxinus excelsior, Fraxinus americana)



constipating, diuretic, hemostatic, antipyretic, strengthening, astringent, laxative

Areas of application:

promotes urine flow and bowel movements, bladder relaxation, chronic muscular rheumatism, gout, stone disease, fever, stomach cramps, laxatives, constipation, kidney disease, kidney semolina, bladder stones, jaundice, liver disease in animals: mange, scabies, wounds; Homeopathic: PCOS, uterine fibroids

Plant parts used:

Leaves, bark, seeds, Juice

Collection time:

Spring and autumn

To find:

The ash tree can be found on river and stream banks, in moist forests and in damp locations.


Tannins, rutin, quercitrin, flavonoids, coumarins, bitter substances, resin, essential oil


☕ Tea: 2 teaspoons of bark or leaves are added to 1/4 liter of cold water and heated until boiling. Let it steep briefly and strain. The leaves are not boiled, just infused. 3 cups daily are sufficient.

Teas made from ash products do not taste good, you can improve the taste by adding marjoram or mixing them with other herbs.

The ash is a tall, fast-growing tree that can reach heights of up to 30 meters. When young, the tree is tall and slender, but as it ages it becomes wider and rounder. In early spring, before the leaves have fully formed, clusters of flowers appear on the branches, with the male and female flowers growing on separate shoots. It has large, 20 to 30 cm long, dark green, pinnate, compound leaves, each with 5 to 11 oval leaflets. The leaflets are 5 to 12.5 cm long, stalked and shiny green on the upper side and pale green on the underside. The edges may be slightly serrated. The fruit is a light brown, winged, 1 to 5 cm long wingnut. Each fruit contains a single seed.

🛑 Ash can cause vomiting if taken internally. Caution is advised. Ash is very effective and should not be combined with other medicines without seeking the advice of a doctor or qualified healthcare professional. Pregnant women, nursing mothers or small children should not take ash. Ash should not be used by people with kidney or liver problems.

Hildegard von Bingen: For gout in the joints, boil ash leaves in water and place them on the areas that are most affected. Wrap a linen cloth around it and leave everything on your body for as long as possible.

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