Blackberry (Rubus species)

Blackberry flowers.
Blackberry flowers.

Common names: Blackberry

Taxonomic name: Rubus species

Family: Rosaceae

Uses: Food, stomach complaints, diarrhoea

Area of origin: Europe

Warnings: None

Blackberry leaves can be used as a tea for diarrhea.
Blackberry leaves can be used as a tea for diarrhea.

Dense, prickly growth hides some tasty berries.
Dense, prickly growth hides some tasty berries.

Blackberries are well known for their delicious berries, they’re also full of vitamins C and K, manganese and both soluble and insoluble fibre that will help keep you regular.

The vitamins and tannins in Blackberries make them useful for wound healing with the vitamin C helping fight infection while the tannins and vitamin K help with clotting.

Beside helping heal external wounds, an infusion of blackberry leaves can stop diarrhoea in its tracks. When the high levels of tannins in the leaves hit the intestinal lining, they cause it to tone and tighten.

It’s a sure way to stop you when nothing else will.