Blackberry leaf tea is a time-honored home remedy for diarrhea. The leaves also contain valuable antioxidants. How the tea works and how you can make it yourself, you can read here.
The true blackberry (Rubus fruticosus) belongs to the rose family and has long been used as a medicinal plant. The leaves of the climbing shrub are used for medicinal purposes. Originally from the Mediterranean region, the blackberry is now widespread throughout Europe and in large parts of the northern hemisphere.
How blackberry leaf tea works and for what ailments you can use it, you will learn in this article. In addition, we have summarized for you what you should pay attention to if you want to collect blackberry leaves and prepare tea from them yourself.
How blackberry leaf tea works
A study in the journal Pharmacognosy Review took a comprehensive look at blackberries as a medicinal plant.
- Blackberry leaves are a valuable source of antioxidants. These substances help the body renew cells while fighting free radicals and reducing oxidative stress. These properties can also prevent cancers in the human body.
- Due to the tannins they contain, blackberry leaves have an astringent effect. Therefore, blackberry leaf tea is used to treat acute diarrhea.
- In addition, the leaves have strong antimicrobial properties. They fight various bacterial strains, such as Helicobacter pylori, according to another study from the International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents.
- Blackberry leaves have also traditionally been used to treat diabetes. Animal experiments with rats suffering from diabetes were able to demonstrate a blood sugar-lowering effect.
Blackberry leaf tea can also be used as a gargle solution to treat inflamed areas in the mouth and throat.
The following ingredients are mainly responsible for the medicinal effect of blackberry leaves:
- Tannins,including tannins
- There are no known side effects for blackberry leaf tea.
Prepare and use blackberry leaf tea
Blackberry leaf tea can help you especially with acute diarrhea and inflammation of the mouth and throat.
If the symptoms do not improve after two days, you should still consult a doctor. If you experience other symptoms such as high fever or blood in the stool, it is better to go straight to the doctor instead of resorting to the home remedy.
For inflammation of the mouth and throat, you can drink blackberry leaf tea or gargle it lukewarm.
This is how you prepare blackberry leaf tea:
- Pour 250 milliliters of boiling water over two teaspoons of dried blackberry leaves.
- Let the tea steep for five to ten minutes.
- Then remove the parts of the plant.
Make blackberry leaf tea yourself
You can get the dried leaves for blackberry leaf tea in any pharmacy. If you have planted blackberries in your own garden or have a blackberry bush near you, you can easily collect and dry the leaves yourself.
You should pay attention to this if you want to make blackberry leaf tea yourself:
- The blackberry bush must not be treated or next to the road if you want to benefit from its healthy ingredients.
- Collect the leaves in spring, when they are freshly sprouted. The young leaves have the highest content of active ingredients, according to Pharmacognosy Review.
- Pick the fresh leaves and place them in a cotton bag. Make sure you don’t take too many from one branch, though.
- Spread the picked leaves in a dark place (attic, closet) on some newspaper to dry them. It is important that the leaves do not get direct sunlight, so that the active ingredients are preserved and no bitter substances are produced.
- If you can just crumble the blackberry leaves with your fingers, they are dry. Then you can crush them and store them in a jar in a dark place. This way the blackberry leaves will keep for about a year.
Blackberry leaves are also great for tea blends. With fruity teas like some rosehip tea or apple tea, the taste harmonizes especially well.
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