mountain ash


Medicinal plant with astringent and antidiarrheal effect, used mainly to treat diarrhea. Usually found in the form of syrup, tea or decoction.


Portuguese name: tramazeira, sorveira
Binomial name: Sorbus aucuparia L. (we also talk about the subspecies Sorbus aucuparia ssp. aucuparia to qualify this plant) French name
Sorbier , sorbier des oiseleurs
English name : rowan, mountain-ash
German name: Vogelbeere, Eberesche
Italian name: Sorbo degli uccellatori




Vitamin C (about 100 mg per 100 g of the fruit), tannins, sweetener (sorbitol), essential oil, flavonoids, parasorbinic acid (may irritate the gastric mucosa if the berries are consumed without cooking)

parts used

Fruits. The berries are between 6 and 9 mm in diameter.
Rowan flowers form white inflorescences between May and June in Europe, they are not used in herbal medicine, according to our information.


Antidiarrhoeal, astringent, diuretic, emmenagogue.


– diarrhea

– sore throat (gargling)

– scurvy (vitamin C deficiency, very rare nowadays)

– stomach and digestive problems (as an infusion)

Secundary effects

Digestive disorders such as burning stomach , diarrhea or vomiting, especially if the berries are consumed in large quantities.


None known.


None known.


– Rowan Syrup

– Infusion (tea) of rowan tree (based on the berries: use 1 coffee spoon of the berries in 200 ml of water, let it rest for 10 minutes after the water has boiled. Use especially in cases of digestive disorders).

– Rowan decoction

– Rowan-based liqueur

– Rowan juice (in cases of hoarseness in the form of gargling)

– Rowan jam or marmalade (in case of constipation)

Where does the ash tree grow?

The ash tree is a small tree that grows mainly in the mountains. It is found in Europe (in the Alps) or in Asia. The rowan tree has a height between 3 and 15m.

When to harvest rowan fruits?

The fruits are harvested during autumn, which in Europe is between September and October.


– The consumption of raw rowan fruits is not recommended, as they are almost inedible. It is best to consume the syrup, tea (infusion), jelly or liqueur.

– However, birds appreciate these small berries especially in winter. The fruits of the ash tree remain on the tree throughout the winter.

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