Latin name: Prunus spinosa L.
Other names: Blackthorn Berry Prunus spinosa, Sloe, Sloe Berry, Sloe, Wild Plum
Blackthorn is a thorn tree species occurring virtually throughout Europe, raw material used in herbal medicine are edible fruits ripen in September and are pale blue-gray. They are a source of fiber, vitamins, flavonoids, organic acids, tannins and sterols.
Fruits should be used as a laxative and diarrhea and ailments of the digestive system and urinary tract, because it works on smooth muscle relaxant. Since the fruit blackthorn include phenolic compounds, lower LDL cholesterol, decrease blood pressure and act antiatherogenic, also seal the blood vessels. Antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and antidiarrheal blackthorn owes tannins.
With fruit blackthorn gets jam, tinctures, syrups, medicinal purposes are usually used infusion of dried fruit. They are harvested in October, must also be wary of seeds of the fruit, which should not be chewed due to the prussic acid content.
- High cholesterol