Alder buckthorn (Frangula alnus) is native to a variety of European countries, as well as western China and parts of North America. Differentiated from its cousin purging buckthorn by its lack of thorns, alder buckthorn is believed to have medicinal benefits, which we’ll detail below. If you’d like to place a bulk order, please enquire today using the form below.
Historically, alder buckthorn has predominantly been used to treat constipation. It’s thought that the compound anthraquinone, which makes up between 3 and 7% of the plant’s content, has a laxative effect.
The plant can be used for non-medical purposes too, namely in the production of dye and charcoal for use in gunpowder.
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