White Alder (Alnus Incana) - Health Benefits and Uses

It is a tree native to Europe, part of the family Betulaceae, reaching up to 18-20 meters in height.

It expands on a vast area, in Europe exceeding the northern border of the black alder, and going beyond the polar circle.

It can also be found growing in Eastern Asia and North America. It covers colder regions – altitudinal and latitudinal – than the black alder. Its life span is a maximum of 60 to 100 years.

The species is adapted to the cold and harsh climates with short growing season, withstanding freeze and frost.

Health benefits and uses of White Alder (Alnus Incana)

It is used in phytotherapeutic purpose, for its bark, buds, and leaves. The Zuni people (Native American Pueblo peoples) use the bark of this tree to dye deerskin reddish brown.

Storage conditions

Drying and storage should be done in shady and airy attics, in paper or cloth bags.

Chemical composition

See black alder.


It is bitter tonic, antiseptic, disinfectant, sudorific, astringent, antidiarrheal, healing, hemostatic.


See black alder.


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