July 28, 2016

Bayberry

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How does Bayberry work?

Bayberry contains chemicals called tannins. These tannins have a drying effect on the skin.

Are there safety concerns?

Bayberry is considered POSSIBLY UNSAFE when taken by mouth. Bayberry can cause nausea, vomiting, and liver damage. It also contains a cancer-causing chemical.

There isn't enough information to know whether it is safe to apply bayberry to the skin or use as a gargle or douche.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Bayberry may NOT be safe for anyone, but it is especially risky for people with the following conditions:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Bayberry is considered POSSIBLY UNSAFE to take by mouth or apply to the skin if you are pregnant or breast-feeding because it contains a chemical that can cause cancer. Bayberry can cause nausea, vomiting, and liver damage.

High blood pressure: Bayberry contains large amounts of chemicals called tannins. Tannins can increase the amount of sodium that the body retains. This can cause extra fluids to build up, and that can raise blood pressure. It's especially important to avoid bayberry if you have high blood pressure.

Water retention (edema): Bayberry might make edema worse. It's especially important to avoid bayberry if you tend to retain water.

Dosing considerations for Bayberry.

The appropriate dose of bayberry depends on several factors such as the user's age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for bayberry. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.


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