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Blackcurrant - Ribes nigrum

(currant, quinsy berry)

Blackcurrant is a bush which can grow to a height of 6 or 7 feet. It's leaves are alternate, 3 to 5 lobed and doubly serrated. The flowers are greenish-white or greenish-yellow and bloom in April and May. The berry is dark brown at first, and ripens to a shiny black.

Blackcurrant is diaphoretic and diuretic. An infusion of the leaves stimulates the kidneys and is good for gout, rheumatism and arteriosclerosis. It is also good for hoarseness and other throat ailments. The juice of the berries is an effective treatment for whooping cough in children, and is also helpful for kidney problems and colic pains. When infused, the dried berries make an effective gargle for inflammation of the mouth or throat, as well as a mouthwash for bleeding gums.

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