Blackthorn Berries are excellent for digestion, bladder and kidney problems. They work as a mouth wash, skin mask and an energy booster!
Blackthorn berries are hard to eat and difficult to harvest, and not only because of their long, black thorns (hence the name). But, as such, they hide a strong cocktail of medicinal benefits for our bodies and minds. Check out what this tart little berry has to offer:
A known Balkan go-to remedy when it comes to tummy-troubles, Prunus spinosa or blackthorn, improves digestion, relieves constipation, heals dyspepsia, reduces bloating, and cures diarrhea, especially in children.
Herbal tea prepared from the berries of this herb is beneficial in stimulating the appetite.
Blackthorn can be used to remove fluid retention, treat kidney stones and other kidney problems due to its diuretic properties. Blackthorn is also considered good for managing bladder spasms.
It helps to relieve cramps in the stomach and nerve pain.
The Complete German Commission E Monographs: Therapeutic Guide to Herbal Medicines has approved the use of Blackthorn for getting rid of mild inflammation of mouth and throat.
When dealing with sore throat or inflamed tonsils, you can gargle with some strong blackthorn tea or a dose of tincture mixed with a bit of water.
Additionally, it also acts as an antioxidant and prevents oxidative stress that is known to increase the risk of dental caries. It works by preventing the free radicals from attacking the teeth and initiating the process of tooth decay.
The pulp of ripened blackthorn berries is combined with other ingredients to make commercially available astringent face masks to enhance your beauty.
You can apply blackthorn as a skin mask (instructions in the preparation/Dosage) to maintain skin elasticity for younger looking skin as it is rich in vitamin C and tannins. You can add the tincture to your cream or facial mask to boost it and treat your face!
Blackthorn has a calming effect on the nerves. Thus, it helps relieve fatigue and boosts vitality, as well as helping with issues like insomnia, shivers, apathy, low energy, etc.
Blackthorn is also used for detoxification and is known to have cleansing properties.It eliminates any toxic substances present in the blood and is rich in rutin which is one of the prime compounds which helps the body get rid of the toxic build up.
Dosage and preparation:
Tea - Put a teaspoon of Blackthorn berries into a 200ml cup of boiled water. Cover it and let it steep for at least 10 minutes. Strain and drink a cup three times a day. You can eat the berries or just drink the tea!
Tincture - 20 to 30 drops, 3 times a day. You can add a few drops of the tincture to your facial cream or mask for some additional benefits.
Facial mask: take a tablespoon of berries and add a table spoon of hot water. Crush it in your pestle and mortar or blend it in the blender until you get a thick paste that you can put on your face as a facial mask. Add more water or berries to achieve the desired thickness. You can add more beneficial ingredients to the mix - like bananas, eggs, avocado, honey, clay or vitamin E, depending on your skin type.
Cooking: The berries that are left over after you make the tea, can be used not only as a tasty, nutritious snack, but also as a addition to your cakes, cookies, smoothies, oats or any other combination you might enjoy!
The taste: Blackthorn berries are sweet, bitter and astringent. You can add some honey or other natural sweetener to improve the flavor.
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Prunus Spinosa, also known as blackthorn or sloe is a wild relative of the cultivated plum. It is native to Europe, western Asia, and northwest Africa, and blackthorn because of its dark-colored bark and skin.
Blackthorn has long formed part of man’s diet, and has been recovered from archaeological sites up to 10,000 years old.
It is a tree of profound British and Celtic magical traditions and is considered to be ‘Increaser of Secrets.’ In Celtic tree lorei, it is reputed as a tree of ill omen.
Blackthorn is a large thorny shrub tolerant of most soils. It works as an animal-proof or cattle-proof impenetrable hedging plant. This deciduous shrub with sharp edges can grow up to 3 or 3.6 meters. It should not be confused with P. cerasifera (cherry plum).