Blackthorn fruits can be used for medicinal purposes. In fact, they have astringent, antioxidant, diaphoretic (inducing perspiration), depurative (removal of impurities), febrifuge (reducing fever), laxative, stomachic, and diuretic properties.
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.
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).
Put a teaspoon of blackthorn berries into a 200ml cup of boiled water. Cover it and let it brew for 10 minutes. Strain and drink a cup three times per day.
Prunus spinosa or blackthorn, improves digestion, relieves constipation, heals dyspepsia, reduces bloating, and cures diarrhea, especially in children. Furthermore, herbal tea prepared by steeping two teaspoons of dried blackthorn flowers in a cup of water stimulates appetite. 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, you can gargle with fresh juice extracted from ripe sloe berries. Furthermore, you may gargle with an infusion prepared from blackthorn leaves to heal inflamed tonsils.
Preparations containing flowers of prunus spinosa are considered useful for the treatment of ailments of the respiratory tract. Due to their expectorant properties, the flowers can fight common cold and cough. A decoction prepared from the bark of this tree can be taken to lower fever.
The pulp of ripened sloe berries is combined with other ingredients to make commercially available astringent face masks to enhance your beauty. Besides, 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. Application of blackthorn oil can prevent stretch marks.
Drinking water infused with powdered blackthorn bark has a calming effect on the nerves. Thus, it helps relieve fatigue and boosts vitality. In addition, blackthorn extract mixed in tea or water is also useful in this regard.
When dealing with issues like insomnia, shivers, lack of interest, etc. due to menopause, one can steep half a teaspoon of dried blackthorn flowers in a cup of boiling water for about five minutes. Strain and drink this herbal tonic when it cools.
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