Metaphysical Properties Of Cramp Bark
Official Name: Viburnum opulus
Other Names: Guilder rose, snowball tree, and king's crown. In addition, high cranberry, red elder, rose elder, and water elder. May rose, whitsun rose, dog rowan tree, and further, silver bells.
Metaphysical Powers: Relaxing, Let Stress Go, Meditation
Cramp bark is relaxing. It can be used as an aid in meditation, to let go of the stress and tension to attain higher ground and a more relaxed and detached perspective. When feeling uptight and tied up in life's problems and anxieties, cramp bark loosens the shackles of angst.
The bark is still used to make medicine. As the name suggests, cramp bark is used for relieving cramps, including muscle spasms, menstrual cramps, and cramps during pregnancy. Cramp bark is used as a kidney stimulant for urinary conditions that involve pain or spasms.
Native Americans use Cramp bark as a diuretic and diaphoretic to reduce swollen glands. They used the fruits and leaves to treat bladder inflammation, scurvy, and diabetes.