Bahama Cascarilla, Carcanapire, Cascarille, Chacarilla, Clutia eluteria, Corteza Eluteriana, Croton eluteria, Quina Aromática, Sweet Bark, Sweet Wood Bark.


Overview Information

Cascarilla is a plant. In the past, cascarilla was added to tobacco before smoking because it has a pleasant odor when burned. The bark is used as medicine.

People use cascarilla for digestion problems, diarrhea, and vomiting, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.

How does it work?

There isn't enough information to know how cascarilla might work as a medicine.


Uses & Effectiveness?

Insufficient Evidence for

More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of cascarilla for these uses.

Side Effects

Side Effects & Safety

When taken by mouth: There isn't enough reliable information to know if cascarilla is safe or what the side effects might be.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There isn't enough reliable information to know if cascarilla is safe to use when pregnant or breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.



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The appropriate dose of cascarilla depends on several factors such as the user's age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for cascarilla. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.

View References


  • Appendino G, Borrelli F, Capasso R, et al. Minor diterpenoids from cascarilla (Croton eluteria Bennet) and evaluation of the cascarilla extract and cascarillin effects on gastric acid secretion. J Agric Food Chem. 2003;51(24):6970-4. View abstract.
  • Campagnuolo C, Fattorusso E, Petrucci F, et al. A prenylbisabolane with NF-kappaB inhibiting properties from Cascarilla (Croton eluteria). Bioorg Med Chem. 2005;13(13):4238-42. View abstract.
  • Fattorusso E, Taglialatela-Scafati O, Campagnuolo C, et al. Diterpenoids from Cascarilla (Croton eluteria Bennet). J Agric Food Chem. 2002;50(18):5131-8. View abstract.
  • Osol and Farar. The Dispensatory of the United States of America. 25th ed. JB Lippincott Co., 1955.
  • Vigor C, Fabre N, Fourasté I, Moulis C. Neoclerodane diterpenoids from Croton eluteria. J Nat Prod. 2002;65(8):1180-2. View abstract.
  • Vigor C, Fabre N, Fourasté I, Moulis C. Three clerodane diterpenoids from Croton eluteria Bennett. Phytochemistry. 2001;57(8):1209-12. View abstract.

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