Prickly Ash Bark Powder

[ 2099 ]
icon image
per 1/4 Pound
icon image
per Pound

Prickly ash is a species of tree in the rue family that is found throughout the southeastern US. Also known as Sichuan pepper, Hercules’s club and toothache tree, prickly ash is unusual in its appearance due to alternate, oval-shaped, leathery leaves and bark that features half-inch spines. The bark, a source of more than 140 active compounds, has been historically used by Native Americans for generations.

Prickly ash bark powder may be applied directly to the skin as a poultice or infused in oil or tinctured. The powder may also be used in tea blends and encapsulated as a dietary supplement.

quick look

information at a glance

active compoundsAlkylamides (neoherculin, xanthoxylin), alkaloids (chelerythrine, fagarine, laurifoline, magnoflorine, nitidine), coumarins, tannins.
plant part usedbark

buying & keeping

general guidelines and tips

storage tipsKeep in a sealed container in a cool, dry place.
appearance & aromaGreenish-gold powder with a woody aroma.
flavor profilePairs well with citrusy herbs, such as lemongrass.


try something new

cosmeticUse prickly ash bark powder in wound powders and poultices. Infuse in oil for use in making salves, lotions, serums, soaps and other skin care products.
culinaryInclude prickly ash bark powder in tea blends. The powder may also be added to cooked foods.
wellnessEncapsulate as a dietary supplement.
safetyPrickly ash bark powder is safe for most people in moderation Avoid use if you have a history of inflammatory bowel syndrome (IBS) or inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn’s or ulcerative colitis). Safety during pregnancy or lactation is not known.

for educational purposes only

This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.
This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

please be advised: 
Before making any changes to your diet you should always consult with your doctor,
especially if you are pregnant, nursing or have existing conditions.