Frangula (Alder Buckthorn) – What it is, Benefits and How to Use


Get to know Frangula , a plant with medicinal properties, and learn how to enjoy its benefits. The frangula  is a medicinal plant also known as grits, fusaro-black alder and belonging to the family of Ramnaceas. This plant is a shrub or small tree that can reach from 2 to 6 meters high and lives from 30 to 50 years. Widely used for its laxative effect, the frangula  is indicated to treat constipation and other digestive disorders. It can be found in health food stores and pharmacies in the form of extract, syrup, tea or standardized tablets. See all about this plant :

What is Strangle:

The buckthorn  is a medicinal plant, also known as hominy and fusaro, which is used for their laxative effect and is indicated for the treatment of constipation and other digestive disorders.

Its scientific name is Strangula alnus Mill. It can be purchased at pharmacies and health food stores in the form of tea, with an average price of 12 reais .


The properties of this plant include purgative, laxative, digestive, tonic, stomatal, antifungal, purifying and diuretic action.

What it is for:

This plant is used to treat gastric and intestinal problems such as constipation, intestinal parasites, gallstones, jaundice or hemorrhoids , and other diseases such as arthritis, cancer, herpes and pulmonary edema.

Mode of use:

The used part of this plant is its bark.

Constipation Tea: Add 5 g of dried frangula  bark in 400 ml of water and bring to the fire. After boiling, cover and let the tea rest for 2 hours. Drink a cup before each meal.

Side effects:

Side effects of this plant include vomiting when consumed in excess.


This plant is contraindicated during pregnancy and in individuals with colitis or ulcers.

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