Giel Boles, Giel S. Boles

Common names:  Gray Alder, speckled alder, tag alder, thinleaf alder, Mountain alder.
Description:  Groups of shrubs and trees have distinctive cone-like fruits that do not disintegrate when ripe.  Alternate leaves have short stems.


Habitat:  Moist soils


Remedy:  Strong bark can be ingested as a tea and is used as a topical wash.  Anti-inflammatory, anti- infective, immunostimulant and helps with swollen lymph glands(see illustration below) poor digestion of fats and proteins and slow healing wounds and injuries.

Alder is a natural removal of waste products in the body and increases the secretory action of the glands along with preventing an excess flow of mucus into the stomach and stimulates the flow of gastric juice in the aid of digestion.  

The bark of the tree can be harvested, however this method of use is more astringent and offers less in use for the primary purposes of an anti-inflammatory, infection prevention and immunostimulant; which stimulates the immune system by inducing activation of cells to resist disease due to the formation of humoral antibodies or the development of immunologically competent cells, or both.
The leaves, catkins of both male and female plants along with the twigs, and leaf buds are all medicinal.  The young twigs are easier to harvest and more aromatic and less astringent. The Alder plant is a good remedy for systemic or local microbial infections, chronic or acute.  Hypoimmunity with swollen lymph glands, poor digestion of fats and proteins and slow healing wounds/injuries.

References:

http://bearmedicineherbals.com/rivermedicine.html
http://www.fs.fed.us/database/feis/plants/tree/alninc/all.html#BotanicalAndEcologicalCharacteristics

http://medical-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/immunostimulant

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