Mountain Rose Herbs

Jamaican Dogwood Bark

Also known as

Piscidia piscipula, Fish Poison Tree, North American Dogwood, and Dogwood.


Dogwood is a tropical shrub in the legume family with its native roots in the West Indies, Mexico, South Texas, Central America, and parts of South America.and parts of the Pacific Northwest. It gained its nickname “fish poison tree” from the West Indian practice of filling an open container with its branches and then dumping the container into a lagoon. As the water become infused with isoflavones from the tree, passing fish “fall asleep” in the box and can be easily caught.


Isoflavones, organic acids, beta-sitosterol, tannins.

Parts Used


Typical Preparations

Tea, tincture and sometimes encapsulated.


Among other uses, it is known to contain a substance known as rotenone, which has been used in insecticide to control lice and fleas. It is believed to be relatively harmless to warm-blooded mammals.


Jamaican Dogwood is a powerful sedative. It is not poisonous to humans, but taking more than the recommended dose can cause a marked sedative effect. Not recommended while pregnant.

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