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Berries from the Devil's Walking Stick

Berries from the Devil's Walking Stick (Aralia spinosa)

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They're as black as the devil too,what are they used for?

10 Sep, 2009


The Native Americans and early settles to North America used the bark, roots, and berries for medicine, and the young leaves can be eaten as a pot herb.

Medicinially the bark is a purgative (causing vomiting) and the berries are an analgesic (killing pain). The bark if dried is a great alterative (tending to restore to normal health). Putting the dried bark in tincture form was then used to treat rheumatism, skin diseases, and syphilis. The berries tinctured were utilized to treat & lull pain in decayed teeth and in other parts of the body, to sooth violent colic and rheumatism, useful in cholera when a cathartic (a substance useful in evacuating the bowels) is required.

Other than medicinally though I have not found any reference to uses for Devil's Walking Stick. Although as strong as the aroma of the flowers, the nectar content must be large, maybe it increases honey production in the areas in which it grows??

Hope that is helpful!

10 Sep, 2009


Thankyou so much for all the information. Fantastic! 8-)

11 Sep, 2009

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