Blackcurrant is a fruit from the Cassissier tree which belongs to the Grossulariaceae family. The color of these berries, generally black, also earned it the name of black currant. Its scientific name is Ribes nigrum and it is native to the northern regions of Europe and North Asia. Blackcurrant has been frequently used in herbal medicine since its healing properties were discovered in the 12th century. This plant contains, in fact, many active ingredients such as antioxidants, calcium, iron and vitamins. The black currant is, moreover, much richer in vitamin C than kiwi and oranges.
Uses of Blackcurrant in Herbal Medicine
The best-known properties of blackcurrant are anti-inflammatory and anti-rheumatic. It allows, in fact, to relieve joint pain in case of rheumatism or osteoarthritis. Moreover, by optimizing the body’s ability to easily eliminate uric acid, blackcurrant is strongly recommended for treat gout. Calcium, on the other hand, helps maintain healthy bones.
Thanks to vitamin C, black currant also has a tonic, antibacterial and antiviral effect. Vitamin C contributes to the strengthening of the immune defences. This ability comes in handy when fighting a flu or a cold. It also allows the body to replenish energy and fight fatigue.
Blackcurrant also has properties:
- Diuretic and depurative
- Thinner: effective against hypertension, as it can lower blood pressure
Forms of use
In herbal medicine, blackcurrant can come in several galenic forms. The most common form is glycerine macerate. It can also be consumed in the form of mother tincture, essential oil or vegetable oil, juice, decoction, lozenge, capsule, gel and oral spray.
Instructions for use and dosage
The dosage of blackcurrant varies depending on the desired effect. Depending on the form used, blackcurrant can be used internally or externally.
A dose of 5 to 15 drops per day is sufficient. It can be consumed pure or diluted. Macerates are generally reserved for adults, but there are ranges intended for children over 3 years old.
Use for treat sore throat and cough. The recommended dose is a maximum of 6 lozenges per day for 2 to 3 days.
In external use, to be applied to painful joints, the gel relieves joint inflammation. Gently massage the affected area, 1 to 2 times a day.
Boil 2 to 4 g of leaves in 150 ml of water. Drink 3 to 4 cups a day. The preparation can be used as a gargle to treat mouth infections.
the black currant treatment is not recommended for pregnant women.
Some galenic forms such as gel or lozenges cannot be administered to children under 12 years old.