Alder buckthom

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Plant extract (ref C25)

Scientific name: Rhamnus frangula L. (= Frangula alnus Miller, Frangula dodonei Ard. Subsp. Dodonei)
French name: Bourdaine
English name: Alder buckthorn
Botanical origin: France (Poitou-Charentes) and Southern Europe
Crop production: Harvested in Poitou-Charentes and Southern Europe
Part of plant used: Bark and twigs.


N° CAS: [84625-48-9]
N° EINECS/ EC: 283-418-8
INCI name: Frangula alnus bark extract

Documents available

  • Analysis report
  • Technical specifications
  • Material Safety Data Sheet
  • Raw material information data sheet

Historical importance

Since the middle Ages, the wood of the Buckthorn was used for manufacturing gunpowder and charcoal.
Then, the dried bark of the buckthorn has been used between the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries as a medicine for treating dermatological and oral diseases. The plant will be more particularly described by doctors and botanists from the Renaissance. Among them, the Flemish Robert Doedoens which the common name of the plant refers.

This plant is also quoted by Louis-Alexandre Dambourney since late 18th century, known as source of “new” dye, extracted from the bark or fruit.

The Buckthorn is still used today as medicinal plants.


The bark contains 6-8% of anthraquinonic derivatives: frangulins and glucofrangulins. The color range runs from golden-yellow to brown-cinnamon.

Crop production – Manufacturing

We harvest the plants in France and by other one in Southern Europe.
We manufacture the extract in France.

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