Beech nuts from the American beech tree should not be eaten in large amounts since there seems to be a substance in the bark that is mildly toxic, which can produce headaches.
The charcoal obtained from the American beech tree wood is exceptional in tackling intestinal fermentation and gas, colitis, and diarrhea, thanks to its strong absorbent and disinfectant properties. It is also helpful as toothpaste and a universal antidote against any poisoning.
Creosote is extracted from its wood: an expectorant and antiseptic substance rich in guaiacol, used in many syrups. The bark of the American beech tree contains high amounts of tannin. It has astringent (recommended for diarrhea and dysentery), vermifuge (expulses intestinal parasites), and stimulating properties.
Scientific Facts About American Beech Tree
- Scientific Name – Fagus sylvatica L.
- Other Names – Common beech tree, European beech tree.
- French – Hêtre.
- Spanish – Haya.
- Environment – It forms extensive forests all over Europe except on the Mediterranean coastline. Naturalized to America.
- Description – Big tree of the Fagaceae family, growing up to 40 m high. The borders of its leaves are covered with fine hair. The fruit is similar to the chestnut.
- Parts of the plant used medicinally – The wood and the bark of its branches.
How to use American Beech Tree
- Charcoal – Take 10-20 grams up to five times daily, dissolve into water, or chewed as is. In severe cases, the dose can be raised to 100 grams in a once-only intake.
- Decoction of bark, with 60 grams per liter of water. Boil until the liquid reduces to half. Drink two or three cups a day. As a vermifuge, take for 5 consecutive days, two cups daily on an empty stomach.
George D. Pamplona-Roger, M.D. “Encyclopedia of Medicinal Plants.” George D. Pamplona-Roger, M.D. Encyclopedia of Medicinal Plants. Ed. Francesc X. Gelabert. vols. 2 San Fernando de Henares: Editorial Safeliz, 2000. 502. Print.