Cascara sagrada is a natural laxative made from the reddish-brown bark of a tree (Rhamnus purshiana) native to western North America. In 1999, the herb made up more than 20% of the national laxative market in the U.S., with an estimated value of $400 million. In fact, it is considered to be the most widely used cathartic in the world.
Originally used by Pacific Northwest Native American tribes to treat constipation, the herb was introduced to Spanish conquerors that gave it the name "Sacred Bark" (cascara sagrada) in honor of its effectiveness. In 1877, cascara sagrada was admitted to the U.S. Pharmacopoeia and is still included in the registry as an official medicine.In addition to being used as a laxative, it has been used as a treatment for gallstones, liver ailments, hemorrhoids, fissures, and even cancer. Cascara Sagrada helps to get rid of wrinkles and blemishes that appear with age on the skin and makes one look youthful. Various body products are made using this herb to take advantage of its hydrating properties. Cascara sagrada helps the skin stay hydrated and makes it look fresh and beautiful. Can be used as a diet tea helps with weightloss. Cascara sagrada cleanses the body internally and prevents hair and scalp problems like flaky scalp, dandruff and lice. Hair products made from cascara sagrada are popular for their medicinal value and are used to treat many hair problems. Those facing hair fall problems can also take cascara sagrada oral supplement to prevent blockages of pores on the scalp that cause hair fall.
Cascara sagrada is a mild herb but it does cause some side effects. So do remember that:High doses and prolonged use of cascara sagrada can cause diarrhea and should be avoided.Pregnant and lactating women are advised not to consume or apply the herb in any form.Regular use of this herb can make you an addict of the herb.Prolonged use may cause brownish yellow urine indicating loss of potassium in high quantities from the body and is considered unhealthy.
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Cascara Sagrada (Rhamnus purshiana)
2 oz per bag
Insturctions: Boil spring water then after you turn off the heat add 1 or 1&1/2 teaspoons to 8 FL oz of water. Let steep for 30 minutes add agave for sweetner.
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