Botanical: Rubus fruticosus
Family: Rosaceae (bramble/rose)
Other common names: Bramble, Cloudberry, Dewberry, Brambleberry, Fingerberry
Blackberry is considered an old-time and reliable remedy for diarrhea and hemorrhage, and its high-astringency has made it very valuable in the treatment of internal and external bleeding, dysentery, hemorrhoids, loose bowels, excessive menstrual flow and excess water.
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Blackberries have been divided into hundreds of species, with two major kinds occurring in both Europe and North America. The European variety grows upright and heavily-thorned with stiff, erect canes that propagate by suckers from the roots. In contrast, the trailing forms of North America (often called dewberries in the South) have slender canes, are much less heavily-thorned, and the tips of the canes, if in contact with the soil, strike root and establish new plants. Both forms thrive in moist, well-drained soil in sun or partial shade and produce black or reddish-black berries with a deep purple, sweet-tasting juice. Fossil evidence shows that the Blackberry has been part of the human diet from very early times, and its dietary and medicinal uses were praised by both Greek and Roman scholars alike, mostly employing Blackberry as a remedy for gout. Since the time of Jesus, Blackberry Leaves have been used in the Middle East to cure bleeding gums and eliminate water from the system. In his Herball or Generall Historie of Plantes of 1597, the surgeon and apothecary, John Gerard, recommended Blackberry Leaf as a valuable astringent (both internally or externally) and treatment for piles, "looseness of the bowels, stone, sore throat and mouth" - the very same uses that have remained valued to this day. In Crusoe's Treasury of Easy Medicines (1771), Blackberry Leaf is included as a remedy for long-standing ulcers, and our own mountain people of Kentucky and Georgia used it to treat hemorrhaging, diarrhea, goiter, indigestion and flatulence. Blackberry fruits are eaten raw or cooked and made into syrups, cordials, jams, jellies and wines, and both the berries and leaves are added to herbal teas; the leaf and rootstock are used in herbal medicines. Blackberry Leaf's main active chemical constituent is a high degree of tannin.
Blackberry Leaf is known mainly as a potent astringent that has been used for centuries to control hemorrhaging when used both internally and externally. It has been effective in cases of hemophilia, bleeding from the rectum or mouth, uterine hemorrhage, bleeding gums and excessive menstrual flow.
Further supporting its reputation as a strong astringent, Blackberry helps to treat diarrhea, dysentery, cholera, hemorrhoids and vomiting. It is also said to help drain sinuses and eliminate excess water from the system.
When used externally, Blackberry is used as a mouthwash for oral inflammation and thought to ease sore throat, mouth ulcers and gum inflammations, as well as a rinse for oily skin. It has also been included in poultices for the relief of wounds, insect bites, scalds, and to reduce the blistering of burns.
Although effective as an herbal astringent to control bleeding, Blackberry Leaf Herbal Supplement should not be used for an extended period (more than one week at a time), because its high astringency may inhibit menstrual bleeding, cause constipation or even diarrhea.