The Magnolia is a beautiful flowering tree that has been used in Chinese and Japanese medicine for thousands of years. Magnolia bark contains bioactive compounds, including antioxidants, anti-inflammatories, and even antibiotics.
Scientific research is only just beginning to explore Magnolia bark and its uses, but what research is out there has so far confirmed what many herbalists already know—that Magnolia bark is highly useful remedy. Here are just a few of the benefits of Magnolia bark.
Helps You Sleep
Magnolia bark is first and foremost used as a sleep-aid. It does so by working as a GABA booster. GABA quiets neurons in the brain when it binds to them. Valium, a medication used for anxiety, binds to the same receptors in the brain used by magnolia bark.
If you need sleep or are feeling anxious, magnolia bark could be a great natural remedy for you.
Reduces Inflammation and Pain
Your busy mind isn't the only thing Magnolia bark can calm. It's also been used for centuries as a way to ease pain and inflammation in the body. Since it also has gentle anti-spasmodic properties, it is also often used to treat menstrual cramps, easing both the pain and the cramps at the same time. It's also good for headaches, as well as joint and muscle pain.
If you're looking for a natural, non-addictive pain killer to help control pain and inflammation, Magnolia bark may be right for you.
Magnolia bark contains lignans such as magnolol, which have been proven to help protect the heart from cardiovascular disease. It can do this in a number of ways, from reducing coronary arterial resistance, to preventing artery walls from thickening. It may even help with cholesterol and triglyceride levels. If you're concerned about heart health, taking magnolia bark may be a good preventative as long as you are not taking any blood thinners at the same time.
Magnolia bark is an adrenaline inhibitor, a key stress hormone. There's also limited evidence that it also reduces cortisol, another important stress hormone. As you can imagine, this goes hand in hand with how Magnolia barks ability to help you sleep. Often, the reasons for being unable to sleep or feeling anxious is linked to our stress response.
Possible side effects
Although Magnolia Bark has been in use for hundreds of years, very little is known about its side effects. What we do know about safety with Magnolia Bark is from practical application. Since Magnolia bark is a sedative, using it in combination with other sedatives should be avoided. Do not take it with other medications known to cause drowsiness, including Benadryl.
Magnolia bark can also slow blood clotting, so it would be best to avoid taking it if you are already taking blood-thinners. Other side effects may include nausea, vomiting, drowsiness, and headache.
Magnolia bark is a useful herb with many benefits. It can be a useful replacement for addictive drugs, and when used properly, can be a wonderful natural remedy.