Health Benefits of Blackberries

– Eaten before breakfast, blackberries help combat constipation.

– They are diuretic, depurative and mildly astringent.

– Gather blackberry leaves in early summer, dry them and store as you would tea. To prepare blackberry herbal tea, add an ounce (25 to 40 grams) to a quart of water and bring to a boil. Recommended as a diuretic for cases of gout or rheumatism, and to soothe intestinal irritation.

– Blackberry juice makes an excellent gargle for mouth sores, laryngitis or angina.

– Should not be taken by persons suffering from hyperchlor-hydric gastritis.