Cascara Sagrada Bark Powder, Wild Crafted

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Cascara sagrada bark, also known as chittem bark, comes from a tree in the buckthorn family.

The powdered form is made from the aged and dried bark and is typically prepared as tea or mixed with water or juice.

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approximate cups to one pound6
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

buying & keeping

general guidelines and tips

storage tipsStore in a sealed container in a cool, dry place.
appearance & aromaCream or tan in color with little detectable odor.


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cosmeticInfused in oil, cascara bark is an ingredient in natural sun screens.
industrialUsed in extract form to deter nail biting, although the herb is now largely replaced by bitter orange.
safetyNot for use by children, pregnant women or if there is a history of Crohn’s disease or other gastrointestinal disorder.

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cascara sagrada bark

Cascara sagrada has a very bitter flavor.

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what else you should know

cascara sagrada bark

Cascara sagrada, which means “sacred bark,” refers to the bark of a shrubby tree that is native to the American Pacific Northwest. The bark must be aged for at least a year before use to give enough time for the anthrone glycosides in the bark to degrade. Otherwise, these compounds would produce strong purgative effects, including intestinal cramping and vomiting.

In contrast, the aged bark promotes bulk-forming laxative effects. In fact, the herb was a key ingredient in many over-the-counter (OTC) stimulant laxatives until it was banned as an ingredient in OTC products by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2002. Cascara sagrada is permitted as a dietary supplement, but this herb should not be used for more than a week and must be taken with sufficient fluids.

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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.