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Sweet Gale

What other names is Sweet Gale known by?

Bayberry, Bog Myrtle, Bois-Sent-Bon, Dutch Myrtle, Galé Odorant, Lorette, Mirto de Brabante, Mirto de Turbera, Myrica gale, Myrique Baumier, Myrte Bâtard, Myrte des Marais, Piment Aquatique, Piment Royal, Poivre du Brabant, Romarin du Nord.

What is Sweet Gale?

Sweet gale is an herb. The leaves, branches, and wax are used to make medicine.

People take sweet gale for digestion problems.

In Sweden, a strong brew of sweet gale dried bark is used to treat intestinal worms and to relieve itching.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Digestive disorders.
  • Intestinal worms.
  • Itching.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of sweet gale for these uses.

How does Sweet Gale work?

Sweet gale contains ingredients that might help reduce skin redness and swelling (inflammation) and have a drying (astringent) effect on the tissues.

Are there safety concerns?

There isn't enough information available to know if sweet gale leaves and branches are safe. The oil of sweet gale is poisonous.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of sweet gale during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.

Dosing considerations for Sweet Gale.

The appropriate dose of sweet gale 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 sweet gale. 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.

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate (detailed description of each of the ratings).

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Reviewed on 9/17/2019

Gruenwald J, Brendler T, Jaenicke C. PDR for Herbal Medicines. 1st ed. Montvale, NJ: Medical Economics Company, Inc., 1998.


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