Cascara Sagrada Bark: Flavor Profile
Cascara sagrada bark has been used for centuries by indigenous tribes in the Northwestern United States for its beneficial properties. They called cascara “sacred bark,” likely due to its ability to effectively relieve constipation. The bark is aged for at least 12 months to allow its potency to reduce to gentle but effective therapeutic levels of anthraquinones, compounds that create a laxative effect.
- Burma Spice premium cascara sagrada bark is 100% Frangula purshiana, harvested from its native environment in the Northwestern United States. This herb is aged for 12 months or longer to allow its potent properties to reach therapeutic levels.
- You can make cascara tea, often used as a home remedy for occasional constipation. Its anthraquinone content creates a stimulant laxative effect. It can also be made into a tincture, and used as a homeopathic remedy for constipation or colon cleanse.
- Cascara tea has a bitter, resiny flavor. Herbalists use the tea as a “bitter herb” tonic for the digestive system. Cascara is also known as California buckthorn!
- We hand sift and package each batch of premium aged cascara sagrada bark in our spice shop to seal in all of its potent detoxification and laxative properties. Test our customer satisfaction guarantee (or money back), and contact us with questions.
Cooking with Cascara Sagrada Bark
This bitter bark is most commonly made into a tea that can be used for up to 5 days for treating occasional constipation. Herbalists also recommend cascara as a “bitter herb” tonic for the digestive system, and to detoxify the colon. It can also be used to reset the digestive tract because of the herb’s anti-microbial, anti-parasitic, anti-fungal, and anti-bacterial properties.
How to use Cascara Sagrada Bark
For digestive health and detoxification, or to treat occasional constipation, make a tea, or create your own tincture at home.
Cascara Sagrada Bark Tea
Measure 1 teaspoon of the herb into 1 cup boiling water in a small saucepan. Simmer the bark for five to 10 minutes on low. Strain, allow to cool, and drink.
Cascara Sagrada Bark Tincture
Fill a jar ½ full with cascara bark. Fill the remainder of the jar with 80-proof vodka, rum, or 80 to 190-proof grain alcohol, covering the herb by an inch. Stretch parchment or plastic wrap over the top and screw the lid on over this.
Shake the jar every 2 days, and top off with alcohol if your herb peeks above the liquid line. Let the mixture sit for 8 weeks before using. Pour into glass bottles with droppers using a funnel with a fine mesh strainer over top. Traditional dosage: 2 – 3 ml (40 – 60 drops) 2 – 3 times per day, or as directed by an herbalist.
Precautions: do not take for more than 7 days at a time. Not recommended for pregnant or breastfeeding women. Do not use if you have gastrointestinal disorders or obstructions. Be sure to take with plenty of water!