The blackberry is the fruit of the wild mulberry or silveira, a medicinal plant with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Its leaves can be used as a home remedy to treat osteoporosis and menstrual cramps.
The blackberry can be eaten fresh, in desserts or in juices that can be used to help treat diarrhea and inflammation in the vocal cords. It can usually be purchased at markets, fairs and health food stores. Its scientific name is Rubus fruticosus.
Blackberry has several health benefits, such as:
- It helps to lose weight , due to its diuretic and intestinal regulating capacity, but for this benefit to be lasting, it is important that the consumption of blackberry be associated with the practice of physical exercises and balanced diet;
- Decreases inflammation due to its anti-inflammatory property;
- Prevents aging and strengthens the immune system, as it is rich in antioxidants;
- Relieves menstrual cramps , requiring 2 cups of blackberry tea a day;
- Assists in the treatment of mucous membranes of the mouth , throat and skin inflammations;
- It helps in the treatment of infections , due to its antibacterial property.
In addition, blackberry is able to normalize blood pressure and improve cholesterol levels, decreasing the risk of heart disease, controlling glucose, preventing arthrosis, osteoporosis and obesity and stimulating memory.
Blackberry has diuretic, antidiarrheal, antioxidant, intestinal regulating, healing, anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. In addition, it is rich in minerals and iron, essential substances for good blood circulation.
How to use blackberry
The properties of blackberry can be found in other parts of the plant, the most used are the leaves, flowers, fruits and roots.
- Cranberry leaf tea: Use 1 teaspoon of dried mulberry leaves to 1 cup of boiling water. Add the blackberry leaves and boiled water and let stand for 10 minutes. Then strain and take 2 cups a day to treat diarrhea and menstrual cramps, or apply this tea directly to the wounds to facilitate healing. This is a great home remedy for herpes or shingles.
- Blackberry juice: Use 100 g of blackberry for 1 cup of water. After washing the fruit, beat them in a blender together with the water. Then take without straining.
- Blackberry tincture: Place 500 ml of Vodka and 150 g of dried mulberry leaves in a dark bottle. Let it sit for 14 days, stirring the mixture 2 times a day. After the 14 days of rest, strain the mixture and keep it tightly closed in a dark glass container, protected from light and heat. To take it, just dilute 1 tablespoon of this tincture in a little water and then drink it. It is recommended to take 2 doses of this a day, one in the morning and one in the evening.
This blackberry juice is indicated to help in the treatment of osteoporosis, however when heated and sweetened with honey it can be used to treat hoarseness, inflammation in the vocal cords or tonsillitis.
|Components||Amounts per 100 g of blackberry|
|Retinol (Vitamina A)||10 mcg|
|C vitamin||18 mg|
Side effects and contraindications
The blackberry must be consumed in a controlled manner, as large amounts can result in diarrhea. In addition, blackberry leaf tea should not be consumed during pregnancy.