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Alnus incana (L.) Moench subsp. rugosa (Du Roi) R.T.Clausen

This result should not be considered complete or definitive and is for reference only. Care must be taken when using any wild plant for food, fiber, medicine or any other non-traditional uses. The information was complied using multiple sources and these references should be consulted for more complete descriptions of usage(s) and potential health risk. We are not responsible for any ill effects from the information included on this page.

Uses Part Preparation Effect Notes
Utility  Stem Used to set nets under the ice, push poles
Trunk or branch Firewood, smoking fish, tree taps, basket straps, smoke hide (dark)
Dye  Inner bark red, purple To dye buckskins, contains tannin
Medicine  Bark Infusion Blood purifier
Bark Decoction Female/childbirth With powdered bumblebees
Bark Poultice Inflamation/swelling
Bark Chewed into poultice Skin/sores/bleeding
Inner bark Compound decoction Digestion Emetic
Inner bark decoction Skin rash/allergy Wash for poison ivy
Root Decoction Digestion
Root Head/eyes Wash or compress for sore eyes

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