LATIN NAME: Ribes
COMMON / FOLK NAMES: Blackcurrant,
MEDICINAL PART: Leaves,
PLACE OF ORIGIN: Europe
soils, Shallow marshes
is a bush growing to a height of 6 or 7 feet in moist soils. The leaves
are alternate, palmately 3 to 5 lobed, doubly serrate, and more or less
FLOWERING PERIOD: Drooping
racemes of greenish white or greenish yellow flowers appear in April and
May. The berry develops from brown to a purple-black colour when ripe.
and diuretic. Tea made from the leaves stimulates the kidneys and is good
for gouty and rheumatic problems and also arteriosclerosis. The tea when
drunk cold is also good for throat ailments. The leaf tea and the pressed
juice of the berries can be used to relieve whooping cough in children.
The juice is also useful for colic. It can also be used as a gargle for
sore gums. The juice is quite bitter so it can be sweetened with organic
honey if desired. The juice is high in vitamin C.