Latin: Prunus persica
Parts Used: Leaves, bark, flower.
Taste/Energetics: Cool, moist, sweet, slightly bitter, sour
Properties: Anxiolytic, digestive aid, alterative, diuretic, expectorant
Actions: Peach is not a commonly used plant these days and thats a shame. It is easily gathered in the field (organically grown please) and has numerous wonderful qualities, especially for mental health. This is an herb that is designed for the hot and dry type with its cooling, moistening properties. Peach improves digestion for folks with an inflamed nervous stomach, ulcers, some nausea and those with diarrhea. Peach gently relaxes and calms the nervous system, especially for the overly stressed, excitable type who can’t sleep. The person may feel their reserves have been fried and they feel frustrated, restless with bursts of anger. Peach gently restores and is one of my favorites for those with PTSD who feel that memories and imprints of their trauma are wearing them out.
Dosage: 1-3 tsp leaf infused in water for 15 mins. Tincture of leaf, bark, flower and pits often best in brandy to accentuate the taste, 1-2 ml, to 3 x/day.
Contraindications: Some consideration about it containing hydrocyanic acid aka prussic acid, especially in the pits. In general there should be some caution in using excessive doses but many herbalists have used this widely with no complication. Avoid in pregnancy, when nursing.
Peach monograph by Matthew Wood
Peach monograph by Kiva Rose
Peach monograph by Mel Kasting (Herb Rally)