Family Name: Rhamnaceae
Botanical Name(s): Rhamnus cathartica
Popular Name(s): Purging Buckthorn, Waythorn, Highwaythorn
Parts Used: Fruit
Habitat: Common buckthorn is found in Europe, Asia and the
Description: Common buckthorn is a deciduous shrub growing up to
22 feet in height. Its leaves are broadly oval, grow in opposite pairs
and are rounded or pointed at the tip. Its flowers emerge from stems
near the bases of leaf stalks and occur in dense clusters of 2 to 6
possessing yellow-green colour. Its fruits are in the form of black,
fleshy berry-like drupes.
Uses: Common Buckthorn has diuretic, purgative and cathartic
properties. Its dried berries can be taken directly or as an infusion
prepared using the berries for a purgative effect. Common Buckthorn is
used as a laxative also.