Wax myrtle (Pacific) (Myrica spp.) Native

Wax myrtle (Pacific) (Myrica spp.)

Parts used: root bark, leaves, berries

Medicinal and other uses: Berries season meat and yield balsamic-scented wax used in candles, shaving soap, and cosmetics; root bark is tonic that is astringent and antibacterial, stimulates blood circulation, and lymph drainage, and treats intestinal and stomach infections; a leaf tea can be used for fevers

Cautions: Do not take berries internally (Bremness 116).

Wax myrtle Pacific Myrica spp

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