BLACKBERRY

BLACKBERRY: “Not Just Jam or Jelly”

Diarrhea, Gout, Hemorrhoids, Mouth Sores, Sore Throat, Wounds

Also Known As: Brambie, Dewberry, Goutberry

HISTORY:

Blackberry is more than a jam or jelly. The blackberry bush was once prized for it’s medicinal leaves, bark and roots as much as it was for it’s sweet fruit. In the Middle Ages, blackberry was applied to the skin to treat scalds and burns. The Romans chewed bark and leaves to help stop bleeding gums. The Chinese utilized the unripe berries to rid kidney, urinary incontinence and impotence. We know it today for it’s sweet taste as a syrup. Put it on crepes or pancakes and you’ve got a treat!

PREPARATION:

  • Decoction:

Add 1 teaspoon of powdered root to a cup of water. Boil for 30 minutes. Add milk and drink up to 1 cup daily.

  • Sore Throat:

For a sore throat, use 2 to 3 teaspoons of dried leaves per cup of boiling water. Steep for 10 to 20 minutes. Add milk, crushed or dried berries. Drink up to 3 cups a day.

  • Tincture:

Take up to 2 teaspoons daily. Follow package directions for commercial preparations.

To treat diarrhea, follow instructions above.

USE: (Grow Your Own)

Blackberries grow easily from a half an inch root cuttings. They can adapt in many conditions but they grow best in loose, moist rich soil with manure or finished compost. Harvest roots and leaves as necessary.

SAFETY:

Asians who drank large amounts of blackberry tea which is high in tannis, showed unusually high rates of abdominal cancer. Consult your physician before drinking. Drink in moderation.