The Cayce Herbal 
 A Comprehensive Guide to the  
Botanical Medicine of Edgar Cayce

Botanical Name: Cornus florida

Common Names and Synonyms: Boxwood, Dog Tree, Flowering Dogwood, Virginia Dogwood

Background: The word "dogwood" comes from a custom in England to wash dogs with a concoction made from dogwood bark to cure mange.  Bark from the flowering dogwood (Cornus florida, native to the eastern United States) is used to relieve fever and tone up the system.  The North American Indians used the bark for tea, which produced sweating to break a fever.  During the Civil War when there was a blockade of southern ports and quinine was not imported,  dogwood bark tea was substituted for quinine to treat malaria.

Dogwood Bark in the Cayce Readings
  • Edgar Cayce recommended dogwood as a digestive aid.
  • Dogwood bark was mentioned as a medicinal agent in approximately in 48 readings between 1920 and 1935.  Most of the readings prescribing dogwood bark were given between 1922-1924.
  • Various amounts of dogwood bark were recommended with the following frequency:
      2 ounces 26 readings
      1 ounce 11 readings
      1/2 ounce 5 readings
      1/4 ounce 1 reading
  • Tincture or essence of dogwood bark was recommended in 1 reading (1/4 ounce).
  • Dogwood bark was typically recommended with other substances in a compound.  Although a wide diversity of  formulas were given, the most common substances in mentioned in the same readings as dogwood bark are as follows:
      Tolu  35 readings
      Prickly Ash 32 readings
      Sarsaparilla 28 readings
      Yellow Dock 26 readings
      Wild Cherry 22 readings
      Elder Flower 21 readings
      Buchu Leaves 20 readings
      Burdock Root  15 reading
      Calisaya 13 readings
      Mandrake 13 readings
Cayce Quotes on Dogwood Bark

    Dogwood Bark (not the outer bark, but just that between the outer and the pulp, you see)....1/2 ounce .

    Assist in the elimination by the Dogwood and Calisaya, which will affect directly that of the pancreas and the upper digestive forces ...


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