The health benefits of Blackberry tea are recognized the world-over for their effectiveness in treating varied conditions and disorders.
Blackberry grows on small, bushy vines, with each berry (or drupe) a cluster of small, black fruits. The plant is also known as cloudberry (in northern Europe) and dewberry (in the American South). The deep-purple berries are picked from the thick bramble bushes.
The roots and leaves of blackberry are known to possess high amounts of tannins, which are very effective astringent agents. The tannins are unlocked and derived by brewing blackberry tea from the dried roots and leaves.
The most traditional way to make blackberry tea is to crumble 2 teaspoons of blackberry leaves or root per cup of boiling water. The mix is then steeped for 5 to 10 minutes for optimum benefit.
Some of the health benefits attributed to blackberry tea are:
- May be helpful in treating sore throat.
- Said to be effective when used to treat diarrhea.
- May be useful in fighting dehydration.
- May complement efforts to help prevent cancer and heart disease.
- May be used to compress varicose veins and combat hemorrhoids.