Magnolia Bark is a natural remedy said to offer a wide range of health benefits, and has been associated for over 2000 years in Chinese medicine for the stomach, lungs, spleen and large intestine. It has been commonly used to treat abdominal bloating, gas, nausea, diarrhea, menstrual cramps and indigestion. Its antibacterial activity may help to reduce excess mucus, often associated with colds and other viral infections. Studies recently have found that the herb inhibits the production of cortisol, the substance that encourages fat storage, and may be effective in weight loss programs. Other studies have shown that the herb may be more effective than the combination of calcium and vitamin D in relieving hot flashes, vaginal dryness, anxiety, depression, irritability and loss of libido. Some preliminary studies show that Magnolia Bark extracts may have some effectiveness for boosting brain function, and therefore beneficial in alleviating symptoms of Alzheimer's disease.
The active ingredients in Magnolia bark is magnolol and honokiol, which are substances that are believed to reduce stress and related symptoms. It is also thought to lower the stress hormone, cortisol. It also contains eudesmol, an essential oil that is thought to have antioxidant power. Used historically as a substitute for quinine, in the treatment of malaria, it is shown to have the ability to raise perspiration levels, therefore, it may be beneficial for reducing fevers. Magnolia bark is also effective in supporting sleep. The chemicals found in Magnolia bark are said to be effective in combatting stress and anxiety. And, it is believed to do this with five times more potency than Valium®, and without the lethargy or addiction that can occur with anti-anxiety medication. The stress-related hormone, cortisol, increases blood glucose levels and suppresses the 'fight or flight' hormone necessary for human instincts, but that can be bad for us in high levels, or for prolonged periods of time. Magnolia bark is best used for short-term anxiety and acute feelings of anxiety.
Magnolia bark may also have antidepressant properties, as well, and regulate the brain chemicals associated with depression. Magnolia also helps to reduce stress eating. A couple of studies have shown that women who consumed Magnolia bark extract ate fewer calories Although it is not an appetite suppressant, it may help to tame the compulsion to eat while under stress.
Magnolia trees grew before bees existed and grew these incredible blossoms without pollination. They are the oldest tree known to mankind and have a deep shamanic underbelly.
This magnolia bark has been hand harvested from a very old magnolia tree in Oak Bay, Victoria British Columbia. The tincture is a 1:1 ratio with Tag Number 5 vodka which is distilled in Ontario. Given the labour intensive nature of this tincture and the seasonal availability, this tincture is limited edition.
All tincture use cold maceration methods of extraction to endure that the broad spectrum of therapeutic compounds-vitamins, minerals, alkaloids, flavonoids and other active constituents of the herb are fully extracted and maintained.