Cascara Sagrada Bark Cut & Sifted, Wild Crafted

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Cascara sagrada is a species of buckthorn native to the Pacific Northwest and British Columbia, the name of which translates into "sacred bark" in Spanish.

The bark is stripped in spring and aged for a year before processing.

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approximate cups to one pound5.5
originunited states
active compoundsaloe emodin anthraglycosides, anthraquinones, barbaloin, cascarosides a and b, chrysalin, chrysophanic acid, emodin fatty acids, frangulin factors, glycosides lipids, resins, rhamnetin rhein, tannins
plant part usedbark
processingcut & sifted

buying & keeping

general guidelines and tips

storage tipsStore in a sealed container away from heat, light and moisture.
appearance & aromaReddish brown and woody.


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decorativeThe bark can be an attractive addition to potpourri and botanical displays.
culinaryMay be used to produce a bitter tea.
industrialCascara sagrada is sometimes used as a flavoring agent in baked goods and dairy products.
safetyPregnant women or nursing mothers should not use this herb as its effects can transfer. Not recommended for those with chronic diarrhea, irritable bowel syndrome or ulcers. Cascara sagrada and senna commonly cause yellow-brown urine, the presence of which is harmless. Unless prescribed by a health provider, children under the age of 12 should not use this herb.

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The bark is extremely bitter.

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cascara sagrada bark

Cascara sagrada comes from a species of buckthorn that is distributed throughout the American Pacific Northwest and British Columbia. Native Americans of the region, who called the herb sacred bark, prepared the aged bark as a tea to ease constipation. By the mid-19th century, the pharmaceutical company Parke-Davis began producing cascara-based cathartic agents for export to Europe.

The bark must be aged for 12 months to allow the hydroxyanthraquinone glycosides chrysophanol, emodin and aloe-emodin, to break down. In the body, these agents are further degraded via enzymatic activity into anthrones, which are responsible for reducing transit time in the colon. Because this herb acts as a bulk-forming laxative, it must be taken with plenty of water.

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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.