Ash is found in most parts of Europe from the Mediterranean Sea in the south to Norway in the north and to the Caucasus and western Russia in the east.



  •  Used as a natural remedy.


  •  The leaves, bark and young twigs contain coumarins (fraxin, esculin, and related substances) that inhibit the growth of bacteria and fungi. These properties could make the ash beneficial as a treatment for healing wounds and sores and to reduce swelling. The ash bark is used as a fever-reducing agent and as a substitute for quinine, which is derived from the quinine tree (Cinchona pubescens).
  • The bark and leaves have been used traditionally as an herbal remedy for diarrhea.


  • There are no registered side effects when ash is used as an herbal medicine. Ash can cause allergic reactions in some people. Cases of allergy to the pollen have been reported, but are considered uncommon.


  • Not known.

Other names

  • Fraxinus excelsior, common ash, weeping ash, bird’s tongue


Source: Herbal supplement,

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