National Pharmaceutical Laboratory Blackberry Fluid Extract

Rubus villosus, A.t.

  • Common Names: Dewberry, Bramble Berry, Gout Berry
  • Medicinal Parts: The root, leaves and berries.
  • Solvents: Water, alcohol
  • Bodily Influences; Astringent, Tonic.
  • Uses: As a remedial agent Blackberries are classed as astringents and are far more serviceable medicinally than most of our generation is aware of. The berries were used as food and medicine by our Indians, and today we know by their experience, and by scientific proof, that the plant is exceedingly valuable in chronic Diarrhoea, Dysentery, Cholera and summer complaints of children and is often the only thing which will get results.
    A decoction of the roots or leaves, or both (the root being more astringent than the leaves) may be used freely ,four to five times a day.
    Being pleasant to the taste, this agent is useful in excessive menstruation, and very effective in fevers and hot distempers of the body, head, eyes and other parts.
    The berries have cordial properties and can be made into jello, brandy, jam, jelly and also vinegar.
  • Externally: The leaves, bruised and applied outwardly, will act as an astringent to haemorrhoids. For sore mouth and inflamed throat, gargle the tea of the roots and leaves often; they can be used green or dried.

-pp. 44- 45, Indian Herbalogy of North America: The Definitive Guide to Native Medicinal Plants and Their Uses by Alma R. Hutchens (1973)

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