Quince: botanical image of the quince plant


Cydonia oblonga

Family: Roseaceae

Bio-Live: Quince is a key herb in Bio-Live Kids.

Description: A deciduous tree growing to 8m (26ft) in height. The alternate leaves are covered in fine white hairs. Flowers are white or pink with five petals. The fruit matures in late autumn, yellow in colour and hard. The skin is strongly aromatic.

Habit and cultivation: Native to Western Asia but now thrives in many areas of the world and as far north as Scotland. Tolerant to both sun and shade.

Actions (known for): Anti-oxidant, anti-ulcerative, anti-carcinogenic, anti-inflammatory, anti-allergic, anti-microbial and immunostimulant.

History: There are records of Quince being cultivated 5,000 years ago. Used by both the ancient Greeks and Romans; Nostradamus left several written recipes for quince in his compote book. Lear included quince in his epic poem ‘The Owl and the Pussy Cat’.

Parts used: Whole fruit.

Constituents (bio available chemicals): Organic acids: (citric acid, malic acid, aspartic acid, glutamic acid). Tannins, amino acid and phenolic compounds.

Nutritional constituents: Vitamins: C, B1 and B6. Minerals: phosphorus, calcium, magnesium, iron, potassium and copper.

Indications: Heartburn, bloating of the stomach, acid reflux, stomach ulcers, morning sickness, ulcers, diarrhoea, asthma, common cold. Promotes immunity. Topically: to reduce joint inflammation and soothe eyes and heart disease.

Dosage: Quince oil: 0.3ml 2 x daily for children exceeding 7 months of age for heartburn. 30c potency as homeopathic. Decoction: 3-12g daily.

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