Peach: there’s more to it than the fruit!

Common Name:  Peach tree
Latin name:  Prunus persica
Family:  Rosaceae

Parts used:  fresh leaves, fully dried leaves (((NOT wilted leaves, which contain higher levels of cyanide)))
Tissue or system affinity:  digestive system, nervous system
Taste:  Slightly sweet, aromatic
Energetics:  cooling & moistening
Actions:  relaxing nervine, anxiolytic, anti-inflammatory, anti-emetic

Uses:  a traditional Southern Folk Medicine herb; use the fresh leaves topically as a spit poultice to calm irritation from bug bites; use internally as tincture of fresh leaves or tea of dried leaves for nausea (can use during pregnancy); calming & soothing for the overheated types that have inflammatory bowel diseases or even rapid pulse or anxiety; sip on tea made from dried peach leaves to calm the nerves or an upset stomach (caused by nervous tension)

FLOWER ESSENCE:  use for healing the “mother wound” and inviting nourishment into your life

NOTE:  it is best to harvest the leaves in the spring when the aromatic properties are strong and the astringency is milder

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