The Medicinal Herb Info site was created to help educate visitors about the often forgotten wisdom of the old ways of treating illnesses. Many of today's drugs and medicines were originally derived from natural ingredients, combinations of plants and other items found in nature.

We are not suggesting that you ignore the help of trained medical professionals, simply that you have additional options available for treating illnesses. Often the most effective treatment involves a responsible blend of both modern and traditional treatments.

We wish you peace and health!


Scientific Names


  • Magnolia glauca L.
  • Magnoliaceae
  • Magnolia family

Common Names

  • Beaver tree
  • Holly bay
  • Indian bark
  • Red bay
  • Red Laurel
  • Swamp laurel
  • Swamp sassafras
  • Sweet bay
  • Sweet magnolia
  • White bay

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Parts Usually Used

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Description of Plant(s) and

Magnolia is an evergreen tree; it has smooth, ash-colored bark and soft, leathery leaves which are alternate, elliptical, glossy bright green on op, and pale underneath. The large, distinctive flowers are cream-colored and appear from May to August.

Other varieties: Cucumber Magnolia (M. acuminata); Sweetbay (M. virginiana); (M. tripetata); (M. lilifora); (M. conspicua) known to the Chinese as Hsin-i; and (M.officinalis).
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Where Found

Found in the Atlantic and Gulf coast states.
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Medicinal Properties

Astringent, diaphoretic, febrifuge, stimulant, tonic, aromatic, antiperiodic
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Magnolia bark is good for dyspepsia, heart trouble, high blood pressure, dysentery, diarrhea, intermittent fever, rheumatism, erysipelas, and other skin diseases. It can be made into a douche for leukorrhea. Some people have been cured of the tobacco habit by drinking magnolia bark tea. Magnolia bark can be substituted for Peruvian bark, as a safer remedy. It can do the work of quinine with no after effects. This herb can be taken for long periods without any ill effects.
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Formulas or Dosages

Gather the bark in spring and summer.

Decoction: use 1 tsp. bark with 1 cup water. Take 1 cup a day.

For external use, simmer 1 tbsp. bark in 1 pint water for 10 minutes.
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