WILD CHERRY: “Tasty Cough Syrup”

Cough, Diarrhea, Labor Pains, Sedative, Tranquilizer

Also Known As: Choke Cherry, Rum Cherry, Virginia Prune Bark and Wild Black Cherry


Often, children’s cough remedies are cherry flavored. Since 1820, the bark of the Native American wild cherry tree has been listed in the United States Pharmacopoeia as a expectorant and mild sedative.


  • Infusion:

Add 1 teaspoon of powdered root to 1 cup of boiling water. Steep for 10 minutes. Drink up to 3 cups daily.

  • Tincture:

Take up to 3 times a day, ¼ to ½ teaspoon.

Taste will be astringent. Add sugar, honey, lemon or mix it with an herbal beverage.

USE: (Grow Your Own)

Wild cherry will grow best in fertile soil under full sun. It is recommended to obtain samplings from a nursery and then start the planting process. Purchase a young and thin branch bark rather than a thicker older one. Collect the bark annually. It will deteriorate after being stored a year.


Wild cherry leaves, bark and fruidosagescontains a chemical that is similar to cyanide called drocyanic acid. It may be deadly if large amounts are taken in. There are no reports of wild cherry causing any sicknesses when used at recommended dosages.