Botanical Name(s): Myrica cerifera
Popular Name(s): Candle Berry, Waxberry, wax Myrtle, Tallow Shrub
Parts Used: Root bark, leaves and flowers
Habitat: Bayberry is found in eastern parts of North America and is widely cultivated in Europe and in the British Isles also.
Description: Bayberry is an evergreen slender tree with varied heights in different region. In the Southeast USA, it grows to a height of about 35 feet. But in other parts of USA, the plant may be as small as 3 feet. The leaves too vary and may have a length of 1 to 4 inches and give fragrant odour when crushed. The flowers are yellow in colour and appear in spring and produce nutlike fruits thickly covered with wax.
Uses: Bayberry is useful in diarrhoea, jaundice, etc. The powdered bark of the plant is used as a stimulant to indolent ulcers and it excites coughing too. The decoction is an excellent wash for the gums and is useful to cure chronic inflammation of the throat, leucorrhoea, uterine hemorrhage etc.