Common names: Blackberry
Taxonomic name: Rubus species
Uses: Food, stomach complaints, diarrhoea
Area of origin: Europe
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.