Blackberry leaf is approved in Germany for treating mild inflammation of the mucous membranes of the mouth and throat, according to Flora Health. This makes it beneficial for relieving sore throat, mouth sores and gum inflammation. For these purposes, it can be used as a gargle, mouthwash or tea.
Blackberry leaves could play an important role in aging. According to a 2007 study published in the International Journal of Cosmetic Science, blackberry leaf extract suppresses certain matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) which cause wrinkles. In addition, the researchers noted that the leaf contained an antioxidant comparable to vitamin E.
Blackberry leaves contain astringent tannins which help controls diarrhea. According to Micheal Castleman, author of The New Healing Herbs: The Essential Guide to More Than 125 of Nature’s Most Potentate Remedies, Commission E, the German counterpart for the FDA, endorses blackberry leaves for the treatment of diarrhea.
The astringent property of blackberry leaves aids in reducing hemorrhoids. It is recommended to soak a cloth in a tincture or decoction of blackberry leaves and apply it externally.
Blackberry leaf poultices or compresses are used externally to aid in healing wounds and bruises.
Thornless blackberry fruit and leaves have antioxidant properties, according to a study published in the February 2000 issue of the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. Antioxidants protect against the effects of free radicals, molecules produced during the metabolism of food into energy, or in response to environmental toxins such as cigarette smoke. Free radicals can damage cells and may be a factor in heart disease, cancer and other health problems. The study found that blackberry leaves had higher oxygen radical absorbance capacity than the fruit.
Blackberry is a delicious and versatile fruit, belonging to the Rubus genus in the Rosaceae family which also includes raspberry and dewberry. Native to the Northern temperate areas of the globe, blackberry has been honored as the official fruit of the state of Alabama and is found copiously in North America and the Pacific coast.
Ancient cultures perceived blackberry plant as a weed or a wild plant, yet its medicinal history goes back to more than 2000 years. History reveals the traditional usage of blackberry fruit, leaf, bark, and roots by the Romans and Greeks for healing numerous health conditions ranging from mild infections to venomous bites. In fact, during the 18th century, the Greek cure of using blackberry for treating gout was so influential in Europe that it was famously known as the ‘gout berry’. Recent scientific pieces of evidence have contributed extensively in unearthing the therapeutic potential of blackberries and their worldwide consumption.
Blackberry plant has a biennial erect or partially erect stem with sharp spikes and dark green leaves with clusters of pinkish-white blossoms. It yields a purple-black aggregate fruit which comprises multiple smaller fleshy segments or drupelets. Blackberries have a fragile and smooth skin with a greenish core which lengthens nearly to the base of the berry. Immature blackberries are generally red or green and hard to touch and they later turn into black, soft, juicy, and glossy fruits on ripening.
Preparation: Put a teaspoon of wild blackberry leaf 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.
if you have a history of stomach or colon cancer, you should avoid using blackberry leaves.
the ingestion of too many tannins can cause stomach upset. It is recommended to add milk to your tea to neutralize the tannins.
Pregnant, nursing women and children under 2 should not use blackberry leaves.
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