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People are using Magnolia Bark extract for these Top 5 Benefits!

Magnolia bark extract is an ancient herbal substance, first used in China over two thousand years ago. Traditional Chinese medicine used magnolia bark extract for a number of ailments. Modern science has found five potentially great benefits of magnolia bark. People are using magnolia bark for a number of great reasons!

In this article, we’ll explore the top five benefits of using magnolia bark extract. The recommended dosage for magnolia bark extract as a dietary supplement is around 250 – 500 mg daily. If you’re still not sure about what magnolia bark is, why not read through our product description?

woman sleeping in bed after taking magnolia bark Magnolia bark extract is great for promoting healthy sleep

1.    Sleep / insomnia

Many people use Magnolia bark extract for promoting healthy sleep. Some people who suffer from insomnia like to use magnolia bark as an herbal dietary supplement to help them fall asleep easier.

There are a number of studies showing that the two main components of magnolia bark, magnolol, and honokiol, are great for helping with sleep. Both of them have the potential to help you fall asleep faster and enjoy a longer, deeper night’s sleep. [1] [2]


2.    Stress and Anxiety

One of the top benefits of magnolia bark extract is its potential to help with stress and anxiety. Scientists have shown that magnolia bark works in a similar way as many anxiolytic substances – by binding to GABA receptors.

Animal studies have used magnolia bark extract for anxiety and found that not only was it impressively effective, but it also didn’t produce any withdrawal effects.[3] Most of the studies so far have been on animals.

However, one study on humans looked at magnolia bark extract for anxiety. Scientists combined magnolia bark with another herb, Phellodendron. The results showed that this herbal combination was effective at reducing anxiety.[4]


3.    Bad Breath

Scientists have a technical name for bad breath. They use the term ‘halitosis’, which is caused by “oral volatile sulfur-containing compounds (VSC)”. In two studies, scientists successfully showed that you can use magnolia bark extract for bad breath.

The scientists combined magnolia bark extract with zinc and made their own chewing gum. They compared the results of using magnolia bark extract gum with a common ‘control’ chewing gum. Incredibly, the results showed that the magnolia bark extract chewing gum was better at reducing bad breath than the control chewing gum.[5] They also found that you can use magnolia bark extract to successfully kill the bacteria that cause bad breath. [6]


4.    Acne / Bad skin

One of the top benefits that people are using magnolia bark extract for is its potential to help with acne and bad skin. Bad skin and acne are caused by a number of factors. These include genetic, hormonal, and environmental factors, as well as bad diets, bacteria, or anxiety.

Researchers have published a few articles looking at the effects of magnolia bark extract on acne. One study suggested that people could use magnolia bark extract for bad skin because of its ability to help with stress and anxiety.[7] Another study explained that magnolia bark extract is really good at killing bacteria, including the common skin bacteria that causes acne.[8] So magnolia bark extract definitely has the potential to help with bad skin.


5.    Other health benefits

Some people also say that you can use magnolia bark extract for other health benefits. Growing research is showing that magnolia bark may have potential as a dietary supplement to maintain a healthy heart and mind.

At least one study has shown that magnolia bark may be effective at maintaining a healthy heart. [9] And even more, studies have come out showing that magnolia bark may have the potential to maintain a healthy mind.[10]



In conclusion, you can use magnolia bark extract for a number of great benefits! These include using magnolia bark as a dietary supplement to help promote healthy sleep and reduce stress and anxiety, among other benefits. Magnolia bark extract is a dietary supplement and is not intended to replace any medication. It does not treat or cure any disease or ailment. If you have any underlying medical conditions please consult your physician before using magnolia bark extract.



[1] Magnolol, a major bioactive constituent of the bark of Magnolia officinalis, induces sleep via the benzodiazepine site of GABA(A) receptor in mice, CR Chen et al., Neuropharmacology. 2012 Nov;63(6):1191-9. doi: 10.1016, available from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22771461

[2] Honokiol promotes non-rapid eye movement sleep via the benzodiazepine site of the GABA(A) receptor in mice, WM Qu et al., Br J Pharmacol. 2012 Oct;167(3):587-98. doi: 10.1111, available from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22537192

[3] Honokiol, a putative anxiolytic agent extracted from magnolia bark, has no diazepam-like side-effects in mice, H Kuribara et al., J Pharm Pharmacol. 1999 Jan;51(1):97-103, available from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10197425

[4] Effect of a proprietary Magnolia and Phellodendron extract on stress levels in healthy women: a pilot, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial, DS Kalman et al., Nutr J. 2008; 7: 11, Published online 2008 Apr 21. doi:  10.1186, available from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2359758/

[5] The effect of zinc acetate and magnolia bark extract added to chewing gum on volatile sulfur-containing compounds in the oral cavity, PF Porciani and S Grandini, J Clin Dent. 2012;23(3):76-9, available from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23210417

[6] Compressed mints and chewing gum containing magnolia bark extract are effective against bacteria responsible for oral malodor, M Greenberg et al., J Agric Food Chem. 2007 Nov 14;55(23):9465-9. Epub 2007 Oct 20, available from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17949053

[7] Chapter 18: Herbal Treatment for Dermatologic Disorders, P.D. Shenefelt, Herbal Medicine: Biomolecular and Clinical Aspects. 2nd edition, 2011, available from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK92761/

[8] New Perspectives on Antiacne Plant Drugs: Contribution to Modern Therapeutics, NP Yadav et al., Biomed Res Int. 2014; 2014: 301304, Published online 2014 Jul 24. doi:  10.1155, available from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4132408/

[9] Cardiovascular protection of magnolol: cell-type specificity and dose-related effects, J Hui-Chun Ho and CY Hong, Journal of Biomedical Science, 2012, 19:70, DOI: 10.1186, available from https://jbiomedsci.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/1423-0127-19-70

[10] A Comparison between Extract Products of Magnolia officinalis on Memory Impairment and Amyloidogenesis in a Transgenic Mouse Model of Alzheimer’s Disease, YJ Lee et al., Biomol Ther (Seoul). 2012 May; 20(3): 332–339, doi:  10.4062, available from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3794532/