Guaiacum Bark - Guaiacum officinale L.
Guaiacum Bark - Guaiacum officinale L.

Guaiacum Bark - Guaiacum officinale L.

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Guaiacum - Guaiacum officinale L.

Origin: Poland

Used part: Bark


Guaiacum resin is the resin of the Guaiacum officinale tree, which is an ornamental evergreen tree that comes from the West Indies and South America. The wood of this tree has been historically used as a treatment for syphilis, as well as being a source of lignum vitae wood—a hard commercial timber with a history of being used in making wooden tools and devices such as clocks. The resin is obtained from the tree and is this species’ primary medicinal resource. Guaiacum resin has a history of being used in Ayurvedic medicine.

Health benefits:

Guaiacum resin has been historically used for its antibacterial properties, which is the basis of its use in treating syphilis. It is also used as an antioxidant and is used as a diuretic for expelling urine, promoting the discharge of mucous, and promoting the evacuation of bowels. It is also used to purify the blood, stimulate circulation, and to treat gout, tonsillitis, and rheumatism.

Good Herbal Remedy:

  • Rheumatism
  • Gout
  • Lung problems
  • Skin problems
  • Syphilis
  • Use in mouthwashes


  1. Put 2 tbsp to a quart of water
  2. Let it cook for about 10 minutes from the moment it starts to boil
  3. Remove from the heat and let stand, covered, for 10 minutes
  4. Strain and is ready for use.

How to Drink:

Take 2 to 3 cups a day.

Massage to the painful joints and muscles with an extract obtained from wood chips by placing it in alcohol. Apply the mixture externally made by boiling some wood chips to lower swelling, pain and redness related to arthritis.


Not enough is known about the use of guaiac wood and guaiac resin during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use. Don’t use guaiac wood or guaiac resin if you have any condition that involves swelling.