ancient times, the leaves of the blackberry plant have been used
curatively, especially throughout Europe and Asia. For example,
two thousand years ago, the roman army doctor Galenos had his soldiers
chew blackberry leaves to strengthen gums and build up physical
resistance; today, we know it was the vitamin C and tannins in the
leaves that he was counting on to boost immunity and heal wounds.
Blackberry leaves have high levels of tannins and vitamin C, and
they are made into a tea that has proved beneficial as a remedy
for diarrhea, a gargle for throat inflammations and a compress for
wounds and rashes. The tea also helps regulate both heavy and light
menstrual flow and is a gastrointestinal soother. It's a tea you
can drink daily-it has no side effects. Sweeten its bitter taste
with honey, or mix the leaves with other herbs for healing tea blends.
For a mild tea, pour 1 cup of boiling water over 2 tsp. of dried
leaves. Cover and let steep for 10 min.; strain. For a greater medicinal
effect, make a decoction; Gently boil a handful of dried blackberry
leaves in 1 qt. of water until about half of the water has boiled
off. Drink 2-3 small cups of the tea daily.
Effect : Because of its acidity and high tannin content, blackberry
leaf tea is useful for alleviating skin rashes, mouth or throat
inflammations and diarrhea. In addition, the leaves vitamin C strengthens
the immune system and promotes tissue repair.
Fermenting the blackberry leaves enhances their flavor and therapeutic
effect. To ferment, crush slightly wilted blackberry leaves with
a rolling pin. Wrap the leaves in a damp cloth and hang them in
a warm place. After two or three days, the leaves will exude a rose
like scent. At this point, remove the leaves from the cloth; let
them dry before using.
the tea's medicinal value
Boiling down the leaves to make a decoction releases many more tannins
than when the tea is made by infusion. This means that boiling the
blackberry leaves produces a much more medicinally effective tea.
Drink it to combat diarrhea, decrease heavy menstrual flow and treat
inflammations of the mouth and throat.
aid : Chewing fresh blackberry
leaves can help canker sores and inflamed gums. The action releases
the astringent tannins, which heal and soothe, and vitamin c, which
is essential for gum health.
sore throat pain
Blackberry leaf tea is suitable as a gargle and mouthwash for inflammation
of the mouth and throat when you have a cold. When you first notice
a sore throat, you can help keep it from worsening by gargling with
blackberry leaf tea right away. To supplement the effect, drink
2-3 cups of the tea daily.
For gastrointestinal flu with diarrhea and cramping, a decoction
of blackberry leaf tea can prove to be very effective. Drink 2-3
small cups sweetened with a little honey over the course of a day.
The astringent tannins in the leaves will reduce both the intestinal
inflammation and the excess flow of secretions. For an even more
effective tea, blend 2 oz. of blackberry leaves with 1 oz. of peppermint
To treat inflamed or oozing rashes, make a decoction by gently boiling
the blackberry leaves. Soak a cotton cloth in the liquid. Wring
out the cloth and place it on the affected area; cover with plastic
wrap. Leave on for 30 min. Repeat several times a day.
1 oz. blackberry
1 oz. of elder flowers
1 oz. of linden flowers
1 oz. of peppermint leaves
tea and drink daily as a preventive measure during the cold and
flu season. If you do get sick, add honey to the tea, drink it very
hot and lie in bed; covered, to sweat.
1 oz. blackberry
1 oz. raspberry leaves
1 oz. chamomile flowers
1 oz. peppermint leaves
tea to combat intestinal gas and mild diarrhea. This tea warms the
stomach and soothes intestinal inflammation.
1 ½ oz.
1 oz. white-willow bark
1 oz. nettle leaves
1 oz. horsetail leaves
this tea to ease rheumatism pains by relieving inflammation of the
tissues. Drink 2 cups per day for 1-2 weeks. Reduce your intake
as symptoms decrease.