The leaves and bark of the apple tree possess cooling, astringent properties that make it useful in a number of conditions. The bark has been used as a folk medicine to treat hyperacidity and heartburn. Herbalist Tommie Bass tells us, "Make a tea or syrup from the bark (or leaves in the summer) for a sour stomach or if the stomach burns. It settles your stomach". Apple is an ideal remedy in treating this malady, as rather than (misguidedly) focusing on lessening acidity, its astringency restores strength and tone to the sphincter that separates the harsh stomach acids from the esophagus, thereby addressing the most likely cause of most heartburn and reflux. Combine it with a tissue healing vulnerary like plantain and a soothing demulcent (perhaps some mallow or another) and you've got a wonderful, multipronged formula. Like most astringents, apple leaves or bark will likewise be of benefit during bouts of diarrhea, or to address chronic loose stools (of course, if your stool are chronically loose, you might explore the potential for food allergies). Additionally, apple is anti-inflammatory, and its mild bitterness will also promote more efficient digestion.
Apple bark used to be used in treating fever as well, though it's not on my list of things I'd start with... mainly because, at the moment, I really don't get its mode of action. Scudder wrote "Though so common and easily prepared, this remedy has been but little studied. It possesses tonic and antiperiodic properties, and may be employed in a great many cases instead of more costly remedies. The only use I have made of it was in intermittent fevers, and whilst it was not a substitute for Quinia (quinine), it evidently exerted a good influence upon the disease, especially in preventing a recurrence of the paroxysms." Of the fruit rather than bark, Felter and Lloyd share the following, (which is useful to know, since apples are likely more common in the homes of fever-stricken friends and family than yarrow and elder blossoms): "An apple tea may be made for fever patients, by boiling a tart apple in 1/2 pint of water, and sweetening with sugar." Culpeper's recipe sounds nicer: An infusion of sliced apples with their skins in boiling water, a crust of bread, some barley, and a little mace or all-spice, is a very proper cooling diet drink in fevers.
Herbalist David Winston told me about a rather obscure use of apple bark: "One of my early teachers, the late William Le Sassier used (and I use) Apple tree bark as a lymphatic and Spleen tonic. It enhances lymphatic circulation, helps to shrink an enlarged spleen. It is usually mixed with other Lymph/Spleen herbs. It is specifically indicated for splenic congestion, with a slightly enlarged spleen, tender to the touch, with diarrhea. ""
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