Astringent plants

Plants for astringency

What is an astringent?

An astringent is any substance that is capable of absorbing body fluids.

Main astringent components

The main components that produce astringency in the plant world are:

  • Gallic acid
  • Tannic acid
  • Ellagic acid
  • Formic acid
  • Zinc
  • Silver
  • Catechins
  • Hydroquinones

Properties of astringents

Astringent plants can be suitable to stop bleeding and favor scarring, preventing infections

Such substances are mainly used medicinally to treat:

How do astringent plants stop diarrhea?

Applied for the treatment of diarrhea, astringent plant preparations remove liquids from the intestine, which produces a decrease in the amount of fecal material with a consequent reduction in the peristaltic movements (movements of the intestine to remove feces). By doing this, they slow diarrhea.

How do astringent plants act on skin lesions?

When they are applied on injuries they are able to reduce or stop bleeding and favor scarring, by means of drying them and diminishing inflammation.

Main astringent plants

Carobs are one of the main astringent products

From all the astringent plants we can distinguish the following:

Lentisc plant
The astringent properties of lentics leaves and branches are used to stop diarrhea

More information about diarrhea natural treatment.

This article was endorsed by Montserrat Enrich - Journalist specializing in edible wild plants and plant uses.
Written by Editorial Botanical-online team in charge of content writing

25 October, 2023

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