The health benefits of cherry bark tea have been around for ages now. Native Americans once used cherry bark tea to relieve pains during labor, diarrhea and lung conditions, for example, while Chinese doctors prescribed it for coughs.
Officially, the cherry tree is called the prunus serotina and it can reach a height of 30 meters. Its leaves are oblong with tiny white flowers that grow laterally on the branches. Its bark is rough and a dark purple, spherical fruit ripens on it during the summer and fall seasons.
The cherry bark is what can be made into tea because of its active constituents of acetylcholine, kaempferol, HCN, p-coumaric acid, quercetin, prunasin, tannis and scopoletin. A lot of the health benefits of cherry bark tea are mostly due to the scopoletin, though.
To get the cherry bark’s healing constituents, you can look into cherry bark tea infusion. To make this tea, put a teaspoon of the cherry bark into a cup filled with boiling water. Let it steep for around ten minutes before straining it. Then, add some lemon, sugar or honey to give it a better taste overall.
Cherry bark tea should never be given to children below two years old, pregnant women or nursing mothers. Also, cherry bark tea should not be consumed more than thrice a day since its leaves, fruit pits and bark all have hydrocyanic acid that can be dangerous in large amounts and in the long term.
Other health benefits of cherry bark tea include its ability to help in fighting coughs, pertussis and bronchitis. It is seen as an air passage cleaner and an expectorant, after all. Cherry bark tea can also help in reducing the blood sugar, relaxing the muscles, fighting fungus and bacteria, and calming the uterus.