Lindera Benzoin (L.) Blume

Nota de alcance (en)

Origin: Damp woods and brooksides.

Uses: The aromatic bark is used to treat dysentery, coughs, and colds; and it is used as a vermifuge.


Indians and settlers used the berries, twigs, and bark of this shrub for many ailments. A diaphoretic decoction of bark was used especially for typhoid and other fevers and for expelling intestinal worms. In the 1890s, Parke Davis sold spicebush preparations for use as “an exhilarant and refrigerant.” Benzoin used medically generally comes from the gum of Styrax benzoin, which is a different plant that is native to South America.

Part used::
Bark, Twigs, Berries


Nota bibliográfica (en)

1) A guide to medicinal plants of  Appalachia/ Krochmal, Arnold; Walter, Russel S.; Doughty, Richard M.: USA: U.S.D.A Forest Service:,1959

2) Hull, Kathleen; Photog. Hull, Meredith /Indiana Medical History Museum: Guide to the Medicinal Plant Garden./ USA: Indiana Medical History Museum. 2010. -- p. 58.

Lindera Benzoin (L.) Blume
Término aceptado: 07-Feb-2019