Bayberry Myrica cerifera
Louisiana settlers drank Bayberry wax in hot water as a cure for dysentery. By the 19th century, herbalists recommended Bayberry bark tea for colds, flu, other infectious diseases, diarrhea, and fever. In homeopathic medicine, it's prescribed for liver conditions and insomnia. This herb has tonic, stimulant, and astringent properties. Taken in large doses, this herb has an emetic (vomiting) effect. Bayberry is used to improve circulation, promote perspiration, boost the immune system, and ward off infections. The dried bark in an infusion, can be used to treat colds, flu, fever, coughs, sore throats, and can also be used to treat excess vaginal discharge. Bayberry helps reduce symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and mucous colitis. It is useful in diarrhoea, jaundice, scrofula, etc. Externally, the powdered bark is used as a stimulant to indolent ulcers, though in poultices it should be combined with elm. The decoction is good as a gargle and injection in chronic inflammation of the throat, leucorrhoea, uterine hemorrhage, etc. It is an excellent wash for the gums.