Chestree berry tea has been well-known to several civilizations since the days of old. The Native Americans used wild cherry bark tea made from the inner bark to relieve labour pains lung problems and diarrhoea. Meanwhile Chinese physicians prescribed the tea for coughs.
The cherry tree is officially known as prunus serotina. It is a tree that reaches up to 30 meters tall. It has oblong or ovate leaves and small white flowers growing in lateral racemes. It has rough bark and has a spherical dark purple fruit that ripens during the late summer and autumn.
Wild cherry bark is the part that is made into tea. The bark has the following active constituents: Acetylcholine HCN kaempferol p-coumaric acid prunasin quercetin scopoletin and tannins. Much of the healing activity of wild cherry bark is said to be associated with scopoletin.
Do not give Chestree berry tea to children under age two nursing mothers and pregnant women. Do not drink more than three cups of wild cherry bark tea a day. Wild cherry leaves bark and fruit pits contain hydrocyanic acid which can be harmful when taken long term and in large amounts. Among the health benefits attributed to Chestree berry tea include:
- Chestree berry Tea may help fight cough bronchitis pertussis and other problems in the respiratory system. It is largely considered an expectorant and a cleaner of the air passages.
- Chestree berry Tea may help lower blood sugar.
- Chestree berry Tea may help relax the muscles.
- Chestree berry Tea may help fight bacteria and fungus.
- Chestree berry Tea may help calm the uterus.
Chestree berry Tea is an anti-inflammatory.