Blackberry leaves come from the blackberry plant, a perennial shrub native to every continent except Australia and Antarctica, according to Penn State University. Like strawberry leaves, they are thought to provide a number of health benefits.

Blackberry leaves are a byproduct of berry cultivation, and though many focus on the berry itself, blackberry leaves can be made into a tea or included in poultices. According to Brandeis University’s medicinal plants glossary, poultices are a soft material that is applied to the body to address inflammation and soreness. They are generally kept in place with a cloth.

The National Cancer Institute indicates herbal medicines such as blackberry leaves have a special status in Germany because of the Commission E. Commission E can be thought of as a U.S. Food and Drug Administration counterpart.

The American Botanical Council provides an online version of the Commission E Monographs, which indicates the commission approved blackberry leaf in February 1990. They recommend it as a treatment for nonspecific acute diarrhea, as well as mild inflammation of the mouth and throat. There are no contraindications, interactions with other drugs or known side effects.

Interestingly enough, neither raspberry leaf tea nor blueberry leaf tea is listed among the Commission E approved herbs.

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