Blackthorn berries are hard to eat and difficult to harvest, and not only because of their long, black thorns (hence the name). But, as such, they hide a strong cocktail of medicinal benefits for our bodies and minds. Check out what this tart little berry has to offer:
A known Balkan go-to remedy when it comes to tummy-troubles, Prunus spinosa or blackthorn, improves digestion, relieves constipation, heals dyspepsia, reduces bloating, and cures diarrhea, especially in children.
Herbal tea prepared from the berries of this herb is beneficial in stimulating the appetite.
Kidney and Bladder health
Blackthorn can be used to remove fluid retention, treat kidney stones and other kidney problems due to its diuretic properties. Blackthorn is also considered good for managing bladder spasms.
It helps to relieve cramps in the stomach and nerve pain.
Reduces Inflammation of mouth and throat
The Complete German Commission E Monographs: Therapeutic Guide to Herbal Medicines has approved the use of Blackthorn for getting rid of mild inflammation of mouth and throat.
When dealing with sore throat or inflamed tonsils, you can gargle with some strong blackthorn tea or a dose of extract mixed with a bit of water.
Additionally, it also acts as an antioxidant and prevents oxidative stress that is known to increase the risk of dental caries. It works by preventing the free radicals from attacking the teeth and initiating the process of tooth decay.
Skin care / beauty
The pulp of ripened blackthorn berries is combined with other ingredients to make commercially available astringent face masks to enhance your beauty.
You can apply blackthorn as a skin mask (instructions in the preparation/Dosage) to maintain skin elasticity for younger looking skin as it is rich in vitamin C and tannins. You can add the extract to your cream or facial mask to boost it and treat your face!
Relieves Fatigue and General Exhaustion
Blackthorn has a calming effect on the nerves. Thus, it helps relieve fatigue and boosts vitality, as well as helping with issues like insomnia, shivers, apathy, low energy, etc.
Blackthorn is also used for detoxification and is known to have cleansing properties.It eliminates any toxic substances present in the blood and is rich in rutin which is one of the prime compounds which helps the body get rid of the toxic build up.