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Fagus grandifolia

Name: Beech
Biological Name: Fagus grandifolia

Beech Family, Fagaceae
Other Names: Beech, American Beech

Parts Used: leaves, nut, bark and root.


The beech has enjoyed a long reputation in America as a source of medicines. The Rappahannock Indians steeped beech bark in saltwater to produce a poison ivy lotion. Beech sap was one of the ingredients used to make a syrup that was used for tuberculosis. Beech was used to make ointments for burns, sores, and ulcers. When administered internally, it provided a treatment for bladder, kidney and liver ailments. A decoction of the root or leaves are believed to cure intermittent fevers, dysentery, and diabetes. The oil from the nut was given for intestinal worms.

Therapeutic Uses:

Beech bark and leaves have astringent and antiseptic properties.

A medium to large deciduous tree growing to 100 feet or taller. The bark is smooth and light gray to blue-gray. The leaves have saw toothed edges with pointed tips. The yellowish flowers arrive in April to May followed by a fruit that has two triangular nuts inside.
Safety: Large doses of nuts may be poisonous to humans and animals

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