a little history for you “sacred bark” is a large deciduous shrub/tree found in Pacific Northwest forests. Cascara bark (or “chittum”) has been used by Native Americans for hundreds of years as a natural laxative and has been marketed by the pharmaceutical industry since the late 1800s. Many claim it is the most widely used purgative in the world. Cascara is also used in smaller amounts in sunscreens and as a flavoring in liquors, soft drinks, ice cream, and baked goods. Now days you can buy both at a health food store, both dried and fresh in some places..