Latin Name: Rubus Fruitcosus
Blackberry leaves come from the blackberry plant, a perennial shrub native to every continent except Australia and Antarctica. It is a good source of tannins, iron and vitamin C and other antioxidants.
Here are some of the most important health benefits of Blackberry:
– Astringent: Blackberry leaves are astringent and are used for the treatment of gastric distress, including diarrhoea and stomach bloating and discomfort. The astringent qualities of blackberry leaf may also prove useful in soothing sore throat and treating haemorrhoids.
– Wound care: Another benefit of astringent tannins in blackberry leaves is their healing effecting on the wounds. External application of tincture or infusion made from blackberry leaves helps in the constriction of blood vessels and cure small injuries.
– Antioxidants : Blackberry leaves have been traditionally used in herbal medicine as an antimicrobial agent and for their healthful antioxidant properties.
– Oral Hygiene : A preparation made from blackberry root, leaves and ripe berries can be used as a gargle to treat sore throats, inflamed gums and mouth ulcers.