Building Botanical Repertoire with Black Haw

Black Haw (Viburnum prunifolium), or the other Viburnum, is a currently underappreciated medicinal that is native throughout the east. It’s a bit more common than crampbark, Viburnum opulus, thoug it is used in similar ways, as an antispasmodic, cardiotonic, and mild hypotensive, by relaxing smooth muscle in the blood vessels, famously to mitigate menstrual pain, and in other various ways by midwives. Black haw’s historical use as a blood purifier will also be discussed.