Larix laricina, Larch

Larix laricina, Larch is a deciduous conifer found in swamps, bogs and wet soils in the Northeast to Alaska. Ojibwa used dried buds as a fumigant for coughs; bark used by various indigenous groups for colds, coughs, and to treat wounds and inflammation. Bark tea traditionally gargled for sore throats. Gum chewed for indigestion. Used by Cree as an antidiabetic for which recent research suggests it decreases glycemia and improves sensitivity to insulin.

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