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Buckthorn (Frangula alnus (Rhamnus frangula), Frangula pushiana)

Slightly toxic



laxative, expectorant, stool-propellant, antibacterial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory

Areas of application:

as a laxative, constipation, lichen, rashes, for better scarring, stimulates the gallbladder, prevents and dissolves gallstones, Helicobacter pylori, E. coli, Staphylococcus aureus, Candida, improves anxiety in some people, emotional well-being, inhibits cancer

Plant parts used:


Collection time:

May to July

To find:

In damp forests, on river banks and in bushes.


Glycosides, tannins, saponins, bitter substances, anthraquinones, frangulin


☕ Tea: 1 teaspoon of bark is left to stand with 1/4 liter of cold water for 12 hours, strained, warmed moderately and drunk before going to bed. If you want it to go faster: pour 1 teaspoon of boiling water over 1 teaspoon and let it steep for 10 minutes.

The buckthorn grows up to 9 meters high. It has finely toothed, egg-shaped leaves 7.5 to 12 cm long with pronounced parallel veins that radiate from the main vein. The leaves are shiny green on the upper side and a lighter, dull green on the underside. The smooth bark is reddish-brown to silver-grey. In early to mid-spring, the tree produces tiny flowers with five greenish-yellow petals that grow in umbel-shaped clusters. Red berries appear that are dark purple or black. The berries have yellow flesh and two to three seeds each.

🛑 The berries are poisonous!!! If the bark tea or the extract causes nausea, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and severe intestinal cramps, the bark was still too fresh. Its use should generally be avoided during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Buckthorn bark is a stimulant and should only be used short term, less than 2 weeks. It can trigger menstruation and miscarriage. The bark should not be given to children. Long-term use can lead to chronic diarrhea, electrolyte imbalances, dehydration, and severe intestinal distress. It can also cause toxic hepatitis. Buckthorn may interact with some prescription medications and should not be combined with other medications unless advised by a doctor.

Witches can fly through the air if they rub themselves with buckthorn sap.

The wood and bark are popular incense when one wants to embark on a journey within, especially for cleansing.

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