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(Bog Myrtle family)
40 species in four genera are of cosmopolitan distribution.
[Summary yet to be added]
35 species are almost cosmopolitan.
- Myrica cerifera L.
- Candleberry, Waxberry, Wax Myrtle
According to Wren (1975), the powdered bark may be added to poultices as it has a very healing and cleansing action on scrofulous ulcers [= scrofuloderma ?] and sores.
This species yields bay berry wax which has been reported to be irritant and sensitising (Greenberg and Lester 1954).
- Greenberg, I.A. and Lester, D. (1954) Handbook of Cosmetic Materials. New York. Interscience.
- Wren RC (1975) Potter's New Cyclopaedia of Botanical Drugs and Preparations. (Re-edited and enlarged by Wren RW). Bradford, Devon: Health Science Press [WorldCat] [doi] [url] [url-2]