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(Bog Myrtle family)


40 species in four genera are of cosmopolitan distribution.

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35 species are almost cosmopolitan.

Myrica cerifera L.
Candleberry, Waxberry, Wax Myrtle

According to Wren (1975), the powdered bark may be added to poultices as it has a very healing and cleansing action on scrofulous ulcers [= scrofuloderma ?] and sores.

This species yields bay berry wax which has been reported to be irritant and sensitising (Greenberg and Lester 1954).


  • Greenberg, I.A. and Lester, D. (1954) Handbook of Cosmetic Materials. New York. Interscience.
  • Wren RC (1975) Potter's New Cyclopaedia of Botanical Drugs and Preparations. (Re-edited and enlarged by Wren RW). Bradford, Devon: Health Science Press [WorldCat] [doi] [url] [url-2]

Richard J. Schmidt

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