The medicinal power of blackberry leaves

Everyone knows blackberries, but few realize that young shoots of the blackberry bush can also be eaten. In addition, blackberry leaves are often used in tea mixes. Mainly young, dried blackberry leaves are used to provide a tea mix with more medicinal properties. Blackberry leaf has a mild urinary diuretic effect and can help remove waste products from the body, it helps with mild forms of diarrhea, it can cure stomach inflammation and it has the property of expelling hemorrhoids. NB! This article is written from the personal view of the author and may contain information that is not scientifically substantiated and/or in line with the general view.

Botanical drawing bramble / Source: Martin Cilenšek, Wikimedia Commons (Public domain)


  • Traditional use
  • Food to combat blackberry bushes
  • Naming
  • Blackberry leaf as a basis for tea mix
  • Active substances
  • Blackberry leaf as an astringent
  • Blackberry leaf for mouth and throat infections
  • Blackberry leaf for blood purification
  • Dose and safety
  • Visit a doctor or herbal therapist

Traditional use

A blackberry leaf gargle is traditionally used to resolve inflammation in the mouth and pharynx.

Food to combat blackberry bushes

Even the root of blackberry bush can be eaten; it must be cooked for a long time. The blackberry bush is considered by many experts to be an annoying plant that grows too quickly. But anyone who enjoys the leaves to make tea, the fruits to eat and make jams and sauces and the nutritious root to eat hardly gives the blackberry bush a chance to develop as a perennial plant.


In Latin, blackberry is called rubus fruticosus .

Blackberry leaf as a basis for tea mix

The young leaves or young shoots of blackberry leaves are used. You can dry this for later use. You can then powder them and put them in a sealed jar. Together with other dried leaves you can make your own herbal tea. Other examples of herbs that you can dry are: nettle, dandelion leaf, wild strawberry leaf, plantain leaf, elderflower, mint, lemon balm, thyme, marjoram and lavender.

Active substances

The leaves and fruit of the blackberry bush are used for phytotherapeutic purposes. The medicinal properties of blackberries are not completely unknown to many. Here, only the medicinal properties of the leaves of the blackberry bush will be discussed. These leaves contain the following active substances: tannins such as dimeric ellagitannins, organic acids including amber, oxalic, malic, succinic, citric and lactic acids, flavonoids, of which quercetin is the most important, triterpenes, inositol and vitamin C. The blackberry leaf also contains hydroquinone, arbutin, traces of essential oil and methyl salicylate.

Blackberry leaf as an astringent

Blackberry leaf has astringent or astringent properties. In addition, haemostatic properties can be discovered in the blackberry leaf. It is not a strong natural medicine and therefore blackberry leaves should only be used for mild conditions. Some herbalists prescribe it for mild forms of:

Blackberry / Source: Frank Vincentz, Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA-3.0)

  • Diarrhea,
  • Dysentery,
  • Gastritis or inflammation of the stomach wall,
  • Hemorrhoids,
  • white tide,
  • Excessive uterine bleeding,
  • Blood in the urine,
  • Memoptysis or blood vomiting.

Blackberry leaf for mouth and throat infections

Blackberry leaf can be used as a mouthwash for gingivitis and other oral infections. For this you make a strong infusion that you let cool. You can then gargle with it or rinse your mouth. The tannins or tannins in blackberry leaves provide an anti-inflammatory effect. It is used by herbal therapists for:

  • Gingivitis,
  • A sore throat,
  • Wounds in the mouth,
  • Infections in the mouth and throat.

Blackberry leaf for blood purification

Dried and powdered blackberry leaves are often found in herbal teas of a medicinal nature. Blackberry leaf has a diuretic or diuretic effect. In addition, it is blood purifying. Together with its anti-inflammatory properties, blackberry leaf can be prescribed by herbalists and herbalists for the following indications:

  • Rheumatic complaints,
  • Gout,
  • Too little urine production
  • Prevention of kidney stones,
  • Purifying spring cures.

Dose and safety

There are a number of ways to use this medicinal plant. Blackberry leaves are a safe medicine. No side effects are known at the therapeutic doses below.

  • Infusion or tea: make a decoction of 4.5 grams of leaves, let it boil for 2 minutes and then let it stand for another 10 minutes.
  • Tea: you can also make a tea or infusion of 40 grams of balder in a liter of water.
  • Concentrated glycerin macerate from young shoots:
  • External use:
  • Decoction of 10% mixed with water.
  • Tincture solution 10%, mix with water or ointment.

Visit a doctor or herbal therapist

Much of the information about the medicinal plant mentioned in this article comes from the book Groot Handboek Medicinal Plants by Geert Verhelst. That is a handbook in phytotherapy. However, it is not suitable for self-healing. Anyone who suffers from something should consult a doctor or herbal therapist for a good diagnosis and choice of the best remedies, tailored to your personal situation. The knowledge and science mentioned here is of a purely informative nature.