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Plant and maintain rotten tree - this is how it's done

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If you are a fan of natural remedies, you should plant a rotten tree. Here's how we do it and what special medical effects it has.

The putrid bark has a healing effect

As its name suggests, the rotten tree native to Europe (sometimes also in Asia) has an intense scent in the bark area, which is only perceived by people in the immediate vicinity of the shrub.

In contrast to this is the curative effect of the rotten tree, which also emanates from its bark. The active ingredient contained therein is often used as a laxative and for a wide variety of gum diseases.

Already knew?

Incidentally, the rotten tree has been mentioned repeatedly in numerous herbal and medical history books or in traditions since the 14th century. At the time, people also recognized that black powder can also be made from the shrub's hardly producing wood.

Plant rotten tree

The perennial, deciduous deciduous shrub grows in the local gardens up to an average height of 4 meters. He prefers a permanently moist clay soil, whereby the choice of location may fall on a partially shaded spot. You should plant the sturdy and extremely easy-care shrub in late spring to summer as a cuttings, or by sowing seeds in autumn.

Attention:

The buckthorn berries are poisonous, so they should never get into the hands of children!

Caring for rotten tree properly

Every year between May and June, the rotten tree begins to bloom, forming small white-greenish flowers. What is special about the decaying tree, however, is the berry fruit that then forms from the flowers, which slowly changes color from an initially green fruit to red to deep black berries. A great play of colors always occurs on the shrub during the red-black phase. The rotten tree is therefore somewhat similar to the fire thorn, but has no thorns on its branches.

»Topiary:

The rotten tree does not need any extra care during the year, only in early spring it should be cut again and again if necessary.

»Fertilize:

If the shrub loses its leaves in autumn, you can mostly pile them up directly on the trunk. As soon as they rot on site, they release enough nutrients into the root area.

Harvest and use of the bark

The bark is always harvested immediately before flowering at the end of April / May. Only the young bark of the rotten tree (from around 2 to 3 year old branches) has the healing agents and can be peeled off relatively easily with a sharp knife. Then you must dry the bark well in a sunny, warm place (drying time about 1 year before it can be used again)

Possible uses are e.g. the production of tea (which is also suitable for rinsing the mouth or for making wraps), the preparation of a tincture (with clear schnapps) or the combination with cider. You can also pulverize the dried bark and then use it for smoking.

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