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Blackthorn Tea – Properties and Benefits

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BLACKTHORN TEA

Blackthorn, scientific name Prunus spinosa , is a small shrub that measures 2 meters and can be found throughout the European continent, with the exception of the Nordic countries. It has a smooth bark, serrated oval-lanceolate leaves, white flowers and berry-like fruits, which are dark blue or bluish-red in color. The sloe, its fruit, is easily confused with that of the apricot plum tree and used as a synonym for it, although they are different.

Properties and benefits

Blackthorn should not be used in its entirety for the preparation of infusions, as some parts are toxic to the human body. The used parts of blackthorn are its flowers and sloes (berries), which contain amygdalin, tannins and vitamin C. Amygdalin is derived from coumarin and produces mild laxative and diuretic effects.

Tea from dried blackthorn flowers and ripe fruits has medicinal properties astringent, mild laxative and diuretic. Due to its properties, this tea is indicated for the treatment of kidney stones, digestive disorders, bladder or urinary tract disorders.

The infusion of this plant is also useful in the treatment of coughs caused by chronic bronchitis, anxiety, insomnia, irregular and painful menstruation, obesity and skin conditions. The fruit of the plant can also be made into jelly, jam or juice. If consumed regularly, blackthorn helps to strengthen the body’s defenses.

How to prepare blackthorn tea?

To prepare blackthorn tea and enjoy its benefits, just follow this recipe:

Ingredients:

– 2 blackthorn leaves;
– 1 liter of water.

Preparation mode:

Put the water on the fire until it boils. Then add the two blackthorn leaves and bring to a boil. When it comes to a boil, turn off the heat and let it stand for approximately 10 minutes and strain. If you prefer, you can add honey or lemon juice. The indication for consumption is, at most, 2 cups of this tea a day.

Contraindications and other precautions

Intake of blackthorn tea is contraindicated for pregnant women. It is necessary to be careful with the amount used, because in high dosage, this plant is toxic, abortive and can cause adverse reactions such as bleeding, vomiting, diarrhea and dizziness.

Blackthorn trunk, branches and root bark should not be used as they contain prussic acid, which can cause intoxication. In addition, it is important to emphasize that fruit seeds should not be eaten or chewed either.

Remember that self-medication can be very dangerous! Therefore, always consult a specialist before starting any treatment.

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