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Sweetwood bark or sweet bark, Croton eluteria

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Sweetwood bark or sweet bark, Croton eluteria

Sweetwood bark or sweet bark, Croton eluteria. Handcoloured lithograph by Hanhart after a botanical illustration by David Blair from Robert Bentley and Henry Trimens Medicinal Plants, London, 1880

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Apothecary Bahama Bark Bentley Blair Croton Hanhart Herbal Medicinal Sweet Trimen Cascarilla


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Sweetwood Bark, also known as Croton eluteria or Bahama Cascarilla, is a small tree native to the West Indies and Central and South America. This handcoloured lithograph, created by Hanhart after a botanical illustration by David Blair, is taken from Robert Bentley and Henry Trimen's "Medicinal Plants" published in London in 1880. The tree produces a reddish-brown bark that has been used for medicinal purposes for centuries. The bark is rich in tannins and is known for its astringent, antiseptic, and anti-inflammatory properties. It was traditionally used in herbal medicine to treat a variety of ailments, including dysentery, diarrhea, and fevers. The bark of the Sweetwood tree was also used as a substitute for quinine in the treatment of malaria, and it was a common ingredient in herbal remedies for skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis. The bark was also used as a flavoring agent in food and beverages, giving a distinctive sweet and slightly bitter taste. The botanical illustration captures the intricate details of the Sweetwood tree, from the small, oval leaves with serrated edges to the distinctive, red-brown bark. The handcolouring adds depth and richness to the image, making it a beautiful addition to any botanical collection. This lithograph is a testament to the importance of botanical illustration in documenting and preserving the natural world, and it serves as a reminder of the traditional uses of plants in herbal medicine. Today, Sweetwood Bark is still used in some traditional medicinal practices, and it continues to be a subject of scientific research for its potential health benefits.

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