The abundance of summer is upon us and with it will come the ripening of mulberries, wild grapes, blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries. While all are fabulously delicious, the latter two have traditional medicinal applications, albeit not from the berries.
|Wild raspberry in early summer|
An infusion of raspberry leaves (Rubus idaeus) acts as an astringent tonic for the bladder and uterus, strengthening contractions and stopping bleeding with cystitis or during delivery.
|Raspberry leaves drying|
The more robust blackberry (Rubus villosus) also packs a more powerful astringent punch that is specific for the stomach and intestines.
An infusion of fresh or dried leaves works for mild cases but blackberry root tincture will stop bleeding ulcers, acute diarrhea, or hemorrhoids. Just be sure to don some stout leather gloves when pulling up a root!
|Wild blackberry in early summer|
|Morus rubra in early summer|