Sunday, November 15, 2009

Ash Plant


Alternative Names:-

Often aka Ash, Bird's Tongue, Esch Blatter (GER), European Ash, Weeping Ash.

A tall, attractive tree of the Oleaceae (olive) family. Bark is light gray (smooth in young specimens, rough and scaly in older). Leaves are large and complex is divided into 4 to 8 pairs of lance-shaped leaflets, tipped by a leaflet, making the magazine a light spring look. Flowers appear in spring shoots of black buttons on previous years and before the leaves appear. Flowers are wind pollinated and seed rooms to develop a long strap-shaped wing (called an Ash-Key). The Ash-Keys hanging in bunches and, when fully ripe are blown and carried away by the wind. Ash is a valuable timber crop is heavy, strong, stiff, hard and takes a high gloss as well as declining only moderately spicy. It was once used for spears, bows, bows otter, ax handles, ladders, carts, belts, baseball bats and was widely used for railway construction and the construction of wagons and carriages, villains sherpherd, buses and agricultural machinery. Referred to as "the ground and in the younger stages, it is used for hop poles, walking sticks, hoops, hurdles, crates and who was once the second most important wood used in aircraft for the Pacific Coast fir the first. It is also a good firewood produce little smoke and give a good potash. The bark is astringent and used for tanning nets.
Ash also has its place in the old superstition. One in the removal of warts by stabbing of a new pin in the tree and then prick the wart. A new PIN must be used for any wart so treated. The pin is then fixed in the ash tree and left. The following poem is read: "Ashen tree, ashen tree, Pray buy these warts of me." Another superstition involved drilling a hole in the hull and the burial of a live shrew in the hole and then stabbing it to. A new branch of the 'shrew ash' was believed to cure the paralysis caused by a shrew creeping over limbs of a person. Ash cradle rockers were supposed to protect infants against snakes.

Trunk and root barks are used medicinally. The commercial seems like spines that are gray or greenish gray on the outside with a number of small gray or brown-and white warts with a smooth inside of yellow to yellow-brown and fibrous. There is little odor and taste is bitter and astringent. Leaves and Keys are also used. Leaves are taken in June and dried, then ground and stored in an airtight container. Keys are taken when ripe.



  • Bark is bitter tonic, astringent, anti periodic, laxative, anti-inflammatory, febrifuge, diuretic.
  • Leaves are diuretic, diaphoretic, purgative, laxative and cathartic (especially useful in rheumatic and arthritic problems), leaves are sometimes replaced by Senna and have less griping action. In Europe, the leaf tea was used as a mild cleansing and rheumatism.
  • Is used in decoction for intermittent fever and fever. Once used as a substitute for Peruvian bark.
  • Is used to eliminate barriers liver and spleen (bark).
  • Is used for rheumatoid arthritis (bark). Promotes the excretion of uric acid and is used in arthritis and arthritic conditions in which kidney and bowel function are difficult.
  • As the bark once used scabby and leprous heads.
  • A water distilled from the leaves was taken once every morning and considered good for dropsy and obesity.
  • A decoction of the leaves in white wine was once used to dissolve stones and cure of jaundice.
  • Ancient physicians emplyed the Ash-keys as a remedy for flatulence.


! All others buy commercial preparations and follow carefully!

Infusion of BARK :-
bark of young branches and twigs = 1 teaspoon to 1 / 2 C. water, boiled briefly and soaked 2 to 3 minutes, take 1 / 2 to 1C. daily, unsweetened, a mouthful at a time during the day.

Infusion of LEAVES :-
1 to 2 teaspoon of leaves to 1 / 2 C. hot water, vol 2 to 3 minutes later stretched, taken 1 to 1 ½ C. one days. OR, 1 oz. leaves to 1 pint of water in frequent small doses over 24 hours.

  • Used for rheumatism, sluggish bowels and fever in livestock.
  • To dose, so the animals to feed from the leaves.
  • In rheumatic diseases daily feed several handfuls of chopped bran consuming.
  • Keys are used internally for "wind": brewing 10 keys in 1 / 2 pint of milk or equal parts water and feed raw.
  • When cows eat the leaves from the stems, the butter is rank.

CULINARY:- At one point, Ash-keys were preserved with salt and vinegar and used as pickles and capers often replaced in salads and sauces.

Gypsies used all parts of the ash as a remedy for snake bite.


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