Frangula alnus, commonly known as alder buckthorn, glossy buckthorn or breaking buckthorn, is a medicinal plant of the Ramnacee family. In order to obtain the remedy from the plant, the bark, especially the second layer once the first, darker, has been removed, is used. The bark is then subjected to an air drying process or may be heated to a temperature above 100 ° C because the fresh bark may be slightly toxic. The alder buckthorn have laxative properties due to the presence of substances that stimulate intestinal movements, so it is used in case of chronic and occasional constipation, helps to remove toxins from the body and improves the functioning of the liver. You can use the alder buckthorn in the form of mother's tincture or herbal tea. Do not use in pregnancy, breastfeeding, in children. If taken in excessive doses it can cause abdominal pain, nausea and diarrhea, while frequent use may worsen constipation. Ask your doctor if you are taking medicines, as interactions may occur.
You can take the frangula alnus in mother tincture, 40 drops 1-3 times a day with a glass of water.
Prepare an infusion by bringing to a boil a liter of water. Remove from heat and add 1 tablespoon of chopped bark, leave to brew for ten minutes then filter, drink two to three cups a day.