Herb of the Day: Prickly Ash

Herb of the Day: Prickly Ash

Prickly Ash is native to North America and has a long history of use among Native Americans.  This plant is commonly nicknamed the “toothache tree” because of its longstanding use for tooth pain.  Native Americans would remove part of the tree bark and chew on it to relieve tooth pain, stimulate saliva production and help with upset stomach.  Modern day herbalists have discovered a number of other uses for this bark as well.  Some herbalists also use the berries, but the bark is the primary portion of the plant used.  Typically it is used in tincture, capsule or tea but can also be used topically.

Traditional Uses

  • Chronic Rheumatism
  • Kidney Problems
  • Heart Problems
  • Cough
  • Dyspepsia
  • Dysentery
  • Colds
  • Nervous Debility
  • Circulation
  • Toothache
  • Upset Stomach
  • Low Saliva

The Plant

Zanthoxylum americanum is a shrub-like plant which is also often referred to as a small tree.  Reaching up to 20 feet tall with dark green leaves, prickly ash gets its name because of the spikes on the bark.  These large spikes resemble the thorns that grow on roses and grow all around the bark.  Prickly Ash flowers in the Spring and gives way to berries which grow in clusters which are enclosed in a dark grey shell.  The plant itself is quite aromatic and many say it resembles the smell of a lemon tree.  Prickly Ash is quite easy to grow in woods and mountain slopes.  It prefers a well-draining soil and requires little maintenance.  Prickly Ash can be grown from seed or a cutting.  The bark is typically harvested in the fall and then thoroughly dried before use.

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Have you ever seen a Prickly Ash tree?

Prickly Ash should not be used by women who are pregnant or nursing.  Those with severe digestive inflammation and ulcers should also avoid use of prickly ash.  

Note: TriLight Health employees are not licensed practitioners and cannot prescribe which products you should use. Our comments are educational. If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, please see our pregnancy safe section. As with all our formulas, especially if you are pregnant or breast-feeding, please consult your healthcare practitioner before using products with any other medications. Our statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. Our products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
Original Prickly Ash Photo By Meneerke bloem (Own work) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
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