Information on Bayberry

Latin NameMyrica cerifera
Other NamesWax myrtle
Part UsedBark
Herb FormsBulk herb, powder, capsules.
AffectsDigestive system, Respiratory system, Liver
CautionsNone noted.
Botanical InfoA shrub or small tree with waxy branches and gray-green fruits coated with a bluish wax.
DescriptionBayberry bark has an antibacterial effect and is a stimulating astringent and diaphoretic used internally for coughs, colds, and diarrhea and externally for ulcers, sores, and bleeding gums. In infusion or decoction it is an excellent douche for vaginitis or leukorrhea. Bayberry is an ingredient in 'Composition Powder' used for colds and chills. In one study, a remedy made by extracting the saponin-containing portions of bayberry was shown to be successful in relieving the pain and swelling of arthritis.

Bayberry has a taste of SPICY and a temperature of WARM.


Decoction1/2-1 cup 2-3 x daily
Tincture2-4 droppersful 2 x daily

Ailments Treated by Bayberry

AilmentTreatment SupportApplication
Nasal polypsastringenttea as a snuff
Colds, acuteastringent, stimulant, diaphoretictea, tincture


Leung, A. and S. Foster. 1996. Encyclopedia of Common Natural Ingredients. New York: J. Wiley & Sons.
McGuffin, M. et al. 1997. Botanical Safety Handbook. Boca Raton: CRC Press.