Isn’t sumac poisonous? Nope, not that kind of sumac. There are a few different types of edible sumac. What we call poison sumac looks completely different.
Fighting Bad Bugs
Sumac astringes tissues. It treats diarrhoea, haemorrhoids, excess urination, and bleeding. Sumac's antibacterial and antifungal. Sumac helps skin, infections, and wounds.
Sumac flavonoids promote brain health. Khalil et al. studied sumac's anti-inflammatory properties. Sumac reduced brain and nervous system inflammation.
Skin Protecting Sumac
Sumac protects skin. Traditional wound care. Antioxidants 2020 found sumac helps skin health. Sumac killed or inhibited bad cell growth.
Sumac Benefits for Healthy Weight
Sumac's cholesterol benefits have been studied. A 2018 study found sumac increased good cholesterol. Another 2018 study found sumac may protect the heart.
Soothing ReliefSumac can even help with muscle pain after workouts. A randomized trial in Physiology International gave one group sumac juice daily.
Sumac Lemonade or Tea1. Break apart the berries and soak them in cool water in the fridge overnight. I use about 2 cups of filtered water for every sumac head.2. Strain and sweeten to taste with raw honey, maple syrup, or stevia.
When you need an astringent or want to use it as a supplement, a sumac tincture is a good option.