Magnolia is a large genus of about 210 species named after botanist Pierre Magnol. The natural range of Magnolia species is very wide with a center in east and southeast Asia and a secondary center in eastern North America, Southeastern North America the West Indes, and some species in South America. The bark has been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine, and Japanese Traditional Medicine. It is very fragrant and contains large amount of two aromatic compounds called magnolol and honokiol. It was common to find it used to help support healthy digestion. Much of the research on this plant has centered around these two constituents. Magnolia bark and its various constituents have been shown to modulate cortisol production. The bark is commonly used in formulas to support healthy response to stress and calm occasional nervousness as well as to support sleep and is often found in combination with Phellodendron extract as in the patented formula Relora®.
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