Prunus spinosa or blackthorn, improves digestion, relieves constipation, heals dyspepsia, reduces bloating, and cures diarrhea, especially in children.
Herbal tea prepared from the leaves of this herb is known to be beneficial in stimulating appetite. Also, simply consuming blackthorn jam or marmalade cures indigestion or upset stomach.
Prunus spinosa can be used to remove fluid retention, treat kidney stones and other kidney problems because of their diuretic properties. In addition, the herb is considered good for managing bladder spasms. It also helps relieves cramps in the stomach and nerve pain.
The Complete German Commission E Monographs: Therapeutic Guide to Herbal Medicines has approved the use of this herb for getting rid of mild inflammation of mouth and pharyngeal mucosa.
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.
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 extract on your skin 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, lack of interest, etc.
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, 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).
Tea: Put a teaspoon of blackthorn berries into a 200ml cup of boiled water. Cover it and let it steep for 10 minutes. Strain and drink a cup three times per day.
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.
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