Blackberries grow wild in Pennsylvania's Allegheny Mountains; although I've been gathering berries for fruit pies and smoothies, it wasn't until recently that I learned its leaves were very healing. The medicinal properties of Blackberry Leaf Tea have been used since the early days of medicine. It has been proven to calm digestive tract and gastrointestinal disorders from its abundance of astringent tannins.
The high acidity and tannin content of the blackberry leaf also helps to sooth mouth sores and throat inflammation. In fact, just chewing a fresh blackberry leaf will help to heal canker sores and inflamed gums by releasing vitamin C and tannins into the gum line. You can make Blackberry Leaf Tea by steeping a few leaves in a single cup or boiling a handful of leaves for a stronger medicinal decoction. See instructions below:
BLACKBERRY LEAF TEA
1 cup of boiling water
2 teaspoons of dried leaves (or 3 fresh leaves)
Add blackberry fruit to sweeten when in season
Cover and steep for 10 minutes.
Strain, Sweeten, and Sip
Drink 2-3 cups of the medicinal tea daily
For a stronger dosage of medicinal tea, boil a handful of leaves in 1 quart of water until about half of water has boiled off. Drink 2-3 cups daily until diarrhea symptoms subside.
Elderly folks over 65, babies under 24 months, and pregnant or lactating mothers may eat the blackberry fruit but should avoid the usage of blackberry leaf tea.
Stay well and healthy,