The humble Blackberry Bush (or Brambleberry) is a common botanical that we all know very well. It seems that we all grew up picking blackberries, with our fair share of scratches from the pesky vines that many call weeds. I have fond childhood memories of walking down our long driveway as a child in the hot sun, filling my cup full of delicious berries, to then run home and beg for a spoonful of sugar to mush up with my harvest! Who knew that years later, we would be harvesting their leaves for a very different reason...
Did you know that the humble Bramble has long been used in folk medicine all over the world for its amazing ability to help cure a variety of common ailments? Not only delicious berries but also the leaves and roots of the blackberry bush have been found to speed up the healing process of infections internally and externally.
Blackberry leaves are known to contain a significant amount of vitamins, especially vitamin C, and minerals, such as calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and potassium – all vital to the body’s proper functioning. Some of the active constituents in blackberry leaves are derivatives of kaempherol and quercetin, one of the most powerful antioxidants in nature. Besides bearing highly nutritious fruit, blackberries possess nutritional value themselves offering amazing health benefits to the whole body.
Blackberry leaf tea has been long used to heal mouth sores and inflamed throats, and it is a first “to go to” plant when upset tummies cause trouble either at home or on the road.
BRAMBLE LEAF TISANE (Tea)
To make a mild blackberry leaf tisane, use about 1 tablespoon of dried leaves to 1 cup ratio. Pour boiling water over the leaves and let them infuse for 3-5 minutes. Strain, add honey to taste, and enjoy either hot or as a cold, refreshing tonic.
Note: Even hot blackberry leaf tisane has a pleasant, cooling effect on body.
To make a strong blackberry leaf decoction for medicinal purposes, boil 2 tablespoons of dried leaves as well as a couple of pieces of stems (the hard, woody stems are best) in a quart of water for 1-2 minutes. Turn off the heat and steep the herb for 10 minutes. Strain and drink as hot as possible.
Note: Strong blackberry decoction is a powerful astringent with an intense, bitter taste that brings on a sweet aftertaste. Blackberry decoction induces perspiring and is known to help cool down a feverish body.
Blackberry leaves have a wonderful application in skin care due to their antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties and high count of tannins. Tannins as astringents play an important role in wound healing, hence, blackberry leaves are extra helpful when rapid wound closure is essential.
Blackberry leaves make an exceptional skin tonic which not only shrinks pores and diminishes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, but also deeply energizes and tones the tissues.
Blackberry leaves can be effectively used to treat skin rashes and acne sores, too. Rich in flavonoids and vitamins, strongly astringent blackberry leaf aids in relieving the skin from irritations and inflammations, effectively addressing the issues with overproduction of sebum and acne scar forming.
As a potent antioxidant, blackberry leaves are used to treat and protect the skin from the free radical formation that induces premature cell death and rapid aging as a result. With regular application of blackberry leaf infusion the skin regains its natural radiance and tone; therefore, we recommend including the blackberry leaves in your daily beauty regimen!
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