Many are familiar with the thorny blackberry bush with it’s tart, juicy berries. What many people do not realize is that the leaves of this thorny bramble have been used for thousands of years for medicinal purposes. Long before anyone knew that blackberry leaves have high levels of tannin and vitamin C, the roman army doctor Galenos had his soldiers chew blackberry leaves to strengthen their gums and build up their physical resistance. Over the years, it has also been recommended as a remedy for diarrhea, a gargle for throat inflammations, to help regulate both heavy and light menstrual flow, and to soothe gastrointestinal issues.
Blackberry leaves have a special status in Germany because of the Commission E. Commission E is like the German equivalent of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The Monographs from Commission E, shared by the American Botanical Council, indicate blackberry leaf was approved in February 1990 as a treatment for nonspecific acute diarrhea, as well as mild inflammation of the mouth and throat.
To receive an even more benefits from the blackberry leaves, make a decoction by boiling down the tea leaves, for a more concentrated liquid.
This is a tea you can drink daily with no known side effects. Like the berry, the leaves can be a bit bitter. To make it more palatable, sweeten it with honey, or mix with other herbs. Some popular herbal combinations are: – For cold and flu, mix equal parts blackberry leaf, elderflower, linden flower and peppermint leaf. – For intestinal complaints, mix equal part blackberry leaf, raspberry leaf, chamomile, and peppermint.
General Recommendation: Consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using herbal products, particularly is you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.****This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.****
Teas are like people, each is different and there is no one way to prepare a cup. Use this as a starting point for brewing this tea as you explore its unique characteristics. You may find different times of day or moods, you like to use more or less tea, brew it for a different amount of time….Whatever you do, have fun discovering your perfect cup!
1 tsp/1.4 grams
8 oz/237 ml
Some teas are recommended for brewing with boiling water, while others are brewed at lower temperatures. Even when brewing a tea at a lower temperature, it is recommended that you first boil the water (to kill bacteria etc.) and then allow the water to cool to the correct temperature (ice cubes speed up the process). While you can certainly brew any tea with boiling water, it will change the flavor of the tea.
Grown in Croatia