Carolina Allspice

Carolina Allspice

Latin Name: calycanthus floridus
Alternative Name: sweetshrub, sweet bush, sweet betsy
Forms Available: bark, tea

Carolina Allspice – calycanthus floridus – A deciduous plant. The bark has been used as a cinnamon substitute but this is no longer recommended. Tea made from the root of this plant is an emetic and diuretic. The tea has also been used as eyedrops for failing eyes.
This plant is toxic if eaten in large quantities. A note, grazing cattle have had toxic reactions to this plant.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: Contains an alkaloid that has a depressant action on the heart. The tea is emetic and diuretic.

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