Prickly Ash (Zanthoxylum americanum, Zanthoxylum clava-Herculis, Zanthoxylum faxineum and Rutaceae) is a very useful herb as a stimulant which is slower working than Cayenne Pepper, however, the effects are more permanent.
Prickly Ash's therapeutic actions also include as a tonic, nervine, diuretic, cardiac stimulant, alterative, antiseptic and diaphoretic.
The parts used of the Prickly Ash include the bark and the berries (the berries contain a volatile oil).
Prickly ash can be helpful in the treatment of asthma, liver problems, cholera, colds, diarrhoea, skin diseases, toothaches, wounds, chronic rheumatism, pharyngitis, flatulence, sores in the mouth and many more.
Prickly ash is a great herb to keep in your medicinal cabinet as combine with other herbs can help in a range of other ailments.