Quassia wood bark is considered to be one of the most bitter naturally occurring substances known. Its properties are due to the presence of active compounds & bitter principles (beta-sitosterol, isoparain, malic acid & quassialactol). The bark is decocted or used to produce extracts and tinctures. Quassia is a common ingredient in herbal bitters.
- Use as an ingredient in extracts & tinctures.
- Use as an insect repellant with an infusion from quassia wood.
- Use as an ingredient in herbal bitters.
- Has been used to prevent disease in apple trees.
Active compounds: Alkaloids, Coumarin, Quassin, Quassinoid bitter principles, Vit. B-1
Other names: Jamaican quassia, Bitterwood
Storage: Store in a sealed container in a cool, dark place.
Quassia Bark Chips
recautions -Quassia should not be used during pregnancy. Quassia has been documented to have an anti-fertility effect in studies and men undergoing fertility treatment or those wishing to have children should avoid using this herb. Large amounts of Quassia can irritate the mucous membrane of the stomach leading to nausea and vomiting.
Suggestions - Steep 1 tsp. quassia wood in 1 cup boiling water. Take 1 cup per day. Also, an infusion may be made by 1 oz. of wood chips or shavings in 1 qt. cold water; let stand for 12 hours; the dose is about 1/2 tsp. 3 times a day. A little ginger, cloves, lemon peel or warm aromatic may be added to render the infusion more palatable.