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Cramp Bark



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Product Description

Botanical Name: Viburnum opulus

Plant Family: Adoxaceae (formerly Caprifoliaceae)

Botanical Description:
Cramp bark, scientifically known as Viburnum opulus, is a deciduous shrub native to Europe, North Africa, and Northern Asia. It belongs to the Adoxaceae family, which also includes elderberries. Cramp bark typically grows up to 4 meters in height and features clusters of white or pinkish flowers that bloom in spring and are followed by red berries in late summer to early fall. The plant has distinctive three-lobed leaves with serrated edges and produces small, round fruits that resemble cranberries. Cramp bark derives its common name from its historical use in relieving muscle cramps and spasms.

Cramp bark has a long history of use in traditional herbal medicine, dating back to ancient times. Cramp bark is commonly consumed as a tea, tincture, or herbal supplement and may promote relaxation in muscles and smooth muscle tissue. It has been revered for its potential health benefits and has been used historically as a natural remedy for various conditions, including menstrual cramps, muscle spasms, and gastrointestinal discomfort.

Tea or Infusion: Prepare cramp bark tea or infusion by steeping dried cramp bark in hot water for 10-15 minutes. Strain the infusion and drink it. Cramp bark tea may be consumed regularly as part of a balanced diet and lifestyle.
Tincture: Prepare a cramp bark tincture by macerating dried cramp bark in alcohol (such as vodka or brandy) for several weeks. Strain the tincture and store it in a dark glass bottle. Take cramp bark tincture orally by diluting it in water or juice according to the dosage instructions provided on the product label or by a qualified herbalist.

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