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Organic Cascara Sagrada

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Also known as cascara buckthorn, cascara, bearberry, and the indigenous name is chittem and chitticum, It is a species of buckthorn native to western North America from southern British Columbia all the way down to central California, and eastward to western Montana.

The dried bark of cascara has been used for millennia as a laxative. The chemicals primarily responsible are hydroxyanthracene glycosides (particularly cascarosides A, B, C and D), and emodin. These act as stimulant laxatives, with the hydroanthracene glycosides stimulating peristalsis, and emodin exciting smooth muscle cells in the large intestine.

In Spanish, cascara sagrada means ‘sacred bark’. For the Native Americans, this herb is more than just a medicinal plant. It is a part of their culture.

It also works as a liver tonic and is particularly useful for the good health of the digestive system. It starts working within 8 hours of consumption. The plant was primarily used to cure constipation by thoroughly cleaning the colon and for weight loss.

Rich in antioxidants, it helps fight the free radicals in the body and ward off cancer causing cells. Cascara also contains nutrients like vitamin B, calcium, potassium and manganese.

Cascara has properties that improve digestion and gastrointestinal functions in the body, thereby cleansing the system and keeping the organs in good shape. It can also be used to assist with the treatment and prevention of gallstones. The herb promotes digestive juices and makes digestion of food easier, which in turn prevents the build-up of stones. Herbal medicines made from its extracts are used to treat serious conditions like cirrhosis, enlarged liver and jaundice.

The herb has shown success in soothing the nerves and aiding sound sleep for those suffering from insomnia. It also contains vitamin B, calcium, potassium and manganese.

A note of caution. If you are considering using Cascara on its own that pregnant and lactating women are advised not to consume or apply the herb in any form. Do not to use it as a substitute for normal medication.