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Herb Reference Guide

Fraxinus

History

The American or Mountain Ash has a range extending as far west as the eastern parts of Texas, the northern parts of the Florida panhandle and all the way up the Eastern United states into Canada in Nova Scotia. The wood is very dense and strong and has such been used to produce things like Baseball Bats and Tool Handles. It’s quite tall reaching up to 80 feet and has a long slender trunk. Well known to the physicians at the turn of the century, Fraxinus bark gained a solid reputation for use both externally and internally to provide support to atonic tissues.*

Function

Extracts of the bark are very astringent and have been used to support the female reproductive system as well as encourage the detoxification of wastes from the female reproductive tissues.* It is particularly well suited to promoting change within the reproductive tissues tissue when stagnation of the lymphatic fluids or poor elimination are influencing the course of the disorder.*

Uses of Fraxinus

Disclaimer

This information in our Herbal Reference Guide is intended only as a general reference for further exploration, and is not a replacement for professional health advice. This content does not provide dosage information, format recommendations, toxicity levels, or possible interactions with prescription drugs. Accordingly, this information should be used only under the direct supervision of a qualified health practitioner such as a naturopathic physician.

Active Constituents

Bitter principles, fraxin, gum, malic acid, tannins

Parts Used

  • Bark

Important precautions

Not to be used during pregnancy or lactation. If you have a medical condition or take pharmaceutical drugs, please consult with your doctor before use.

Additional Resources

Duke, J. A. 1986. Handbook of Northeastern Indian Medicinal Plants. Lincoln, Massachusetts, Quarterman Publications, Inc.