Plum Kernel

Latin name: Prunus semen
Chinese name: yu li ren
Other names: bush cherry, bush cherry pit, Chinese dwarf cherry, dwarf cherry

What is Plum Kernel?
Plum kernel is the dried inner kernel of plums, or what is known in Eastern medicine as the Chinese dwarf cherry. The kernel is pressed from the pit of the plum, and its scent and flavor is similar to almonds. The oil of the kernel is used in desserts, sauces, and salad dressings.

What are the health benefits of Plum Kernel?

Consuming plum kernel oil is thought to promote the building up of moisture in the body; many of plum kernel oil’s medicinal qualities reflect this ability to circulate water in the body. Plum kernel is used to lubricate and soften the bowels, and this property is used to treat constipation due to lack of body fluids. Plum kernel is also used to treat edema and promote urination.

Where can I find Plum Kernel?
Plum kernel can be found online, in herbal specialty shops, and in the offices of Chinese medical practitioners.

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