Cascara bark | Rhamnus purshiana | Organic


Cascara bark is a traditional laxative. It is genreally considered more gentle than Senna leaf, however is still a mild stimulating laxative. It has a bitter taste.

This means it speeds the transit time of the bowel, by stimulating the nerve endings lining the bowel. Cascara is a traditional and well used herb. Its use is safe but it is recommended for shot term usage and is best as a treatment for consipation when used alongisde a bulking laxative such as Psyllium hulls.

Cascara is best used with other herbs that may reduce the griping that can sometmes be associated with its use.

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Dried Cascara bark


Hydroxy-anthracene glycosides – cascarosides A, B, C, D, Tannins, Volatile oil – rhamnol




This herb has GRAS rating {Generally Recognised as Safe}. However do not use if pregnant unless under medical supervision. Cascara should not be used long term. Using Cascara may decrease the absorption of some medications – please check with your health professional.


Steep for 10-20 minutes in a pot. Drink at night for 3 days in a row to clear the bowel. Do not use for longer than 10 days in a row – the bowel can become used to the effects of Cascara and normal peristalsis (movement of the bowel) can become lazy.


20 grams, 50 grams, 100 grams