Blackberry Leaf ~ Organic~ (Rubus fruticosus)
1 oz $2 (OUT OF STOCK)
All parts of the plant can be used medicinally. It is high in antioxidants, Vitamins A & C, Iron and Magnesium. In small amounts, it has been recognized to help in relieving sore throats, gum inflammation & bleeding, vision, psoriasis, eczema, memory, hemorrhoids, diarrhea, dysentery, and mouth sores.
Making a poultice with any part of the plant including the fruit, can be used topically, to control minor bleeding from cuts and scrapes.
The dry herb can be used in baths, compresses, teas and the fresh leaf is lovely in salads.
2tsp. of dry leaves per 1 cup of boiling water makes a tasty tea. Allow it to steep for 10 minutes before drinking.
Drink 2 to 3 cups per day to ease the symptoms of diarrhea and abdominal cramping. You can also apply the tea directly on psoriasis, rashes or add the leaves to a bath. Chewing on the leaves can stop gum bleeding and help canker sores and inflamed gums.
Warnings: Although beneficial in many aspects, drinking large amounts of this tea can have the opposite effects, including stomach upset, nausea and vomiting. Not recommended for people suffering from any kind of liver disease. Blackberry leafs contain Tannins, which can interfere with the absorption of calcium and iron. Consult a physician if in doubt.
Magickal & Spiritual: In the old days, Gypsies used Blackberry leafs in ritual to get rid of evil spirits and return evil to the originator or simply for revenge. This is a practice that later, was adopted by many Pagan and Wiccan traditions.
Pagans Brew or Chilean Borgogna
for the older kids (over 21)This is a delicious party cocktail, that can be served hot or chilled overnight, but I must worn you, that eating the fruit will make you loopy.
1 bottle of Pinot Noir, 1 bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon, 1 cup of sugar, 1 tbsp or fresh orange zest, 2 cinnamon sticks, 3 cloves, 1 can of Canada Dry, 3 oranges washed and sliced in thin half moona (use these to get the zest 1st, then cut them), 1 cup Raspberries, 1 cup blueberries, 1/2 cup chopped (1" squares) apples.
Bring the Pinot Noir to a boil in a pot with the cinnamon, cloves, orange zest, and sugar. When it comes to a boil, add oranges and apples and boil for 2 minutes. Remove from heat immediately. Add the other bottle of wine, all berries and put in the fridge overnight. The next day when ready to serve, taste (add sugar if needed) and add Canada Dry. Put a little of the fruit in a wine glass and pour wine over it. You can also add Watermelon and grapes if in season.
Now take away car keys from all your guests. Enjoy.
Believe it or not, this drink is consider very healthy, full of antioxidants, and It is something my grandmother use to serve during the cold winter months, specially when everyone's immune system was down.
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