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NAME:  Blackcurrant

GAELIC NAME: Cuirín Dubh 

LATIN NAME:  Ribes nigrum

COMMON / FOLK NAMES:  Blackcurrant, Quinsy Berry

MEDICINAL PART:  Leaves, Fruit

PLACE OF ORIGIN:  Europe

HABITAT:  Moist soils, Shallow marshes

DESCRIPTION:  Blackcurrant 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 cordate. 

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.

PROPERTIES:  Diaphoretic 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. 

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