The healing power of wax gale

Waxwort originally only occurs in some states of the US and Mexico. It is an evergreen shrub that bears fruits. There are male and female plants, so if berries are wanted, these plants must be near each other. The plant grows in sun and partial shade, both on clay and sand with little fertility. It can withstand drought and salty conditions well, so it does well in gardens and seaside boulevards. This plant is used in homeopathy and phytotherapy for its medicinal properties. Its main use is for dysentery, whitening, sore throat and hemorrhoids. NB! This article is written from the personal view of the author and may contain information that is not scientifically substantiated and/or in line with the general view.

Wasgagel, photo by Forest & Kim Starr / Source: Forest & Kim Starr, Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-3.0)


  • Uses of berries and leaves
  • Lavender in traditional North American medicine
  • Naming
  • Active substances
  • Wasgagel, an astringent
  • Laundry gel as an antibacterial rinse agent
  • Wasgagel for fever and infection
  • Dose and safety

Uses of berries and leaves

Colonists in the US boiled the berries to leave a wax that could be used to make candles. The berries are also eaten, both cooked and uncooked. Furthermore, the leaves of this tree can be used as an alternative to laurel leaves. Lavender leaf is used to flavor soups and stews.

Lavender in traditional North American medicine

Lavender gel is used in North American herbal medicine to stimulate blood circulation, wick away sweat and control bacterial infections. In addition, it has an astringent effect and in large doses it induces emetics. The leaves are harvested in the fall, dried well and stored in a dark, sealed jar. It is used internally as a remedy for diarrhea, irritable bowel syndrome, jaundice, fever, colds, flu, catarrh, excessive menstruation and vaginal white discharge, also called white discharge. Externally it is used for slow healing sores, sore throat, spongy gums, ulcers, itchy skin conditions and dandruff. The wax can be used internally for its medicinal qualities. A tea is usually made for external use.


In Latin, wax meadow is called Morella cerifera . Because the leaves are used as a substitute for bay leaves, it is called southern bayberry in English. In Dutch the plant is called wasgagel. Wax refers to the wax obtained from the fruit. Gale is the old Dutch name for a shrub. In addition, gale used to mean ‘gums’. It could well be that the Dutch named this plant this way because the leaves of this shrub are good for the gums.

Active substances

Only the bark and wax of the fruit are used for phytotherapeutic purposes. The fruit contains the following important components: Triterpenes such as taraxerol, taraxerone and myricadiol, flavonoids including myricitrin, tannins, phenols, resins and gum.

Wasgagel, an astringent

Wasgagel has an astringent effect. This means that it has an astringent effect. This can have medicinal properties, particularly on the secretion of mucous membranes. In phytotherapy it is used for the following indications:

  • Diarrhea,
  • Dysentery,
  • Colitis.

Laundry gel as an antibacterial rinse agent

In addition to its astringent effect, lavender also has an antibacterial effect. This means it can be used as an antibacterial rinse for the mouth and vagina. As a phytotherapeutic agent it is prescribed for:

  • A sore throat,
  • Gingivitis,
  • bleeding gums,
  • Oral mucosal inflammation,
  • Vaginal white discharge or white discharge,
  • Hemorrhoids.

Wasgagel for fever and infection

Lavender gel has a diaphoretic effect when used internally. Myricitrine is the active substance that ensures that pathogenic substances leave the body through sweating through the skin. It should only be used internally on the advice of a doctor due to some contraindications described in the ‘Dose and safety’.

  • fevers,
  • Colds,
  • Infections,
  • Hepatitis or liver inflammation.

Dose and safety

In phytotherapy, there are two standard ways to take wax lily as a medicine.

  • A decoction three times a day, gently simmering one teaspoon of herb per cup of tea for 10 minutes.
  • 1 to 2ml tincture three times a day (1:5 in 40%)

Wasgagel possibly lowers potassium levels in the body and can retain sodium. This leads to nausea and vomiting if more than the therapeutic dose described above is taken. In case of high blood pressure, heart weakness, kidney disease and edema, lavender should never be taken internally. A preparation of lavender or morella cirefera cannot be taken at the same time as a preparation of iron salts and alkaloids. Taking supplements at the same time as Wax Gale makes little sense because the absorption of supplements is reduced by Wax Gale.